One of the world’s largest wind developers and the largest U.S. shipbuilder will work together to engineer and build wind turbines specifically designed to withstand harsh marine environments. The Oct. 6 announcement from Madrid, Spain-based Gamesa and Los Angeles-based Northrop Grumman Corp. was one of many significant announcements made earlier this month at the American Wind Energy Association’s first-ever offshore wind conference.
Gamesa and Northrop say they will develop and test two 5-MW wind turbines by the end of 2012. One will be installed either on the Atlantic Coast or in the Great Lakes, while a second will be tested on land. Gamesa already is working on a 6-MW to 7-MW offshore turbine it expects to deploy by 2014. About 40 employees from both companies will begin work in October at a new site in Hampton Roads, Va.