Gamesa, Northrop Grumman to collaborate in offshore wind

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Spanish wind technology giant Gamesa and U.S. defense contractor Northrop Grumman (Los Angeles, CA) have signed an agreement under which the two companies will collaborate in the development of technologies for offshore wind facilities. Under the terms of the agreement, Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding will apply its experience in heavy load logistics, systems performance, and reliability in challenging marine environments to the design and installation of Gamesa’s G11X-5.0 MW offshore wind turbine. The companies are assembling an initial team of 40 engineers in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia to perform the preliminary work associated with the installation of a G11x-5.0 MW prototype in Virginia waters by the fourth quarter of 2012. “Gamesa has said before that it intends to play a significant role in the offshore market to ensure that it can tap the demand generated in the Northern European market, specifically the United Kingdom, starting in 2015, as well in the United States,” said Dirk Matthys, CEO of Gamesa in the U.S. “Our alliance with Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding will give us the opportunity to test our technology on a short-term horizon, as well as to enhance and strengthen it, thanks to the skills and experience offered by a global leader in naval structures.”

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