Tech parallels for Areva, Gamesa

Areva currently has its main factory in Bremerhaven

Areva currently has its main factory in Bremerhaven

As in the Vestas-Mitsubishi joint venture, there is a technology overlap in the tie-up between Areva and Gamesa, with both having large-rotor 5MW machines ready to go.

Areva’s 5MW M5000-135, which is in final testing at an onshore site in Germany, is a big brother to the turbine maker’s 5MW M5000-116, which was first installed in 2009 as part of the Alpha Ventus project, and is in serial production with 80 currently being installed at the 400MW Global Tech 1 wind farm off Germany.

The up-scaled M5000 is built around a one-stage gearbox with synchronous permanent-magnet generator (PMG) transmission system and flies 66-metre glass-reinforced plastic blades with a swept area of 14,326 square metres.

Gamesa’s recently unveiled 5MW, the G128-5.0, draws on technology hatched for Log in to read complete article.

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