Gamesa, a wind energy player, recently announced its entry in the solar market with a 10-mw order that will be completed by September 2015. “Gamesa’s 2015-2017 Business Plan includes the analysis of complementary areas with its onshore wind business, such as solar and offgrid, to explore opportunities in this sectors that offer a high level of synergy with the wind business and that would add value to Gamesa’s business beyond 2018,” a release by Gamesa said explaining the diversification.
In the solar power sector, Gamesa would offer EPC solutions for megawatt-scale, rooftop photovoltaic and microgrid projects. It would also expand its inverter solutions. Inverters are devices that convert DC power generated by solar photovoltaic cells into AC power that can be fed into the electrical grid. Inverters are also used, for similar reasons, in wind farms.
“Today, as a nation we have harnessed only 3.8 GW of solar power when we actually have tremendous opportunity to harness what is remaining of the 750 GW the country has to offer. We are globally renowned for our expertise and technical prowess in harnessing both sun and wind, and hence our foray into solar has been a very carefully thought out one that will be carried out even more meticulously,” said Ramesh Kymal, Chairman and Managing Director, Gamesa India, in a release.
The release mentioned that Gamesa India had a market share of 32 per cent last year and has set a target of installing 1 GW of wind turbines in FY16. In November last year, Gamesa India inaugurated the expanded nacelle facility in Mamandur, close to Chennai, in India which will mainly be used to produce the nacelles for G114-2.0 MW turbine model.
Gamesa India recently has commissioned its globally acknowledged turbine, the G114-2.0mw at Tagguppatti site in Andhra Pradesh. A member of the 2.0-mw platform and tailor-made for low wind speed sites, the G114 consists of longer blades and taller towers, thereby increasing the efficiency. With a rotor spanning 114m, the G114’s rotor swept area is 38 per cent greater than that of the current G97-2.0 MW, while it produces 20 per cent more energy. The turbine is also suited for Indian conditions such grid volatility, high temperature & dusty environments. Over the past 12 years Gamesa has installed over 19,300 mw of the 2.0-mw platform, one of the most reliable turbines in the market, in 34 countries.