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Gamesa Teams With Iberdrola To Launch Next-Gen Wind Farm Operations

Wind energy giant Gamesa is teaming up with Spanish multinational utility Iberdrola to launch a next-generation system for operating wind farms from a distance. Gamesa Wind Turbine

The system allows for remote management of any make of wind turbine, anywhere in the world, through a single interface. WindCORE® + WindOne® will enable operators to operate wind farms from a distance, while still being able to analyse operating data and generate reports to refine optimisation.

“Gamesa operates over 400 wind farms worldwide from its control centre in Sarriguren (Navarra),” said Fernando Valldeperes, Director of Services Sales & Marketing at Gamesa. “With over 10,000 MW in operation, and reinforced by Iberdrola’s know-how, we want to offer this value-added tool to our customers so that they can get the most out of their wind farms by operating them to the highest performance specifications.”

WindCORE® + WindOne® allow for real-time operation from a single control centre, and provide access to multiple variables including wind speed, temperature, intensity, and production, across each of the turbines. With this information, operators can fine-tune predictive wind energy generation models, and plan out operations and maintenance.

“The versatility of WindCORE® + WindOne®, the result of a collaborative development between two of the sector’s leaders, will pave the way for its implementation in any environment while respecting each customer’s proprietary communications network infrastructure and management tools,” said Javier Ontañon Ruiz, who runs Iberdrola Engineering’s remote control developments.

The addition of advanced tools such as WindCORE® + WindOne® are absolutely vital to the continuing success of the wind industry. With many critics continuing to label wind energy an expensive alternative to fossil fuels (which it very clearly is not), these sorts of advances will further wind energy’s dominance atop the renewable energy pile, and its importance as a real competitor to traditional and entrenched fossil fuel energy generation technologies.

Gamesa has been a highlight of the global wind energy industry over the past year, time and again appearing in our news feeds. The Spanish manufacturing company reported 26% growth in the third quarter, taking in orders worth 870 MW — 2.3 times that of a year earlier. In fact, by the end of the third quarter of 2014, Gamesa had taken in orders for a whopping 2,167 MW, 78% more than a year earlier.

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