Windpower obtains seven new certificates for different models of its 3 MW turbine

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Date: 11/21/2013

GL Renewables Certification has issued a Design Certificate for the 125 meter rotor version and  Type Certificates for various versions of the 116 meter model

AWP's 3 MW platform has been very well received in the markets, with over 1,300 MW either ordered or supplied

GL Renewables Certification, a leading certification body for renewable energy, has issued seven new certificates for different models of ACCIONA Windpower's AW 3000 turbine (3 MW). This gives a guarantee to the sector and financial entities that the turbines respond to the quality standards required for their operation in wind farms.

With these new certificates, which were received during the EWEA Offshore 2013 trade fair in Frankfurt, ACCIONA Windpower now has 15 awarded for its 3 MW platform, a range of turbines for which the company has supplied or has orders for over 1,300 MW.

Specifically, GL Renewables Certification (GL) has issued the Design Certificate for the AW 125/3000 IEC IIIa wind turbine, with a 125 meter rotor, 120 meter concrete tower and 61.2 meter blade, for grids of 50 and 60 Hertz (Hz). This model is specially adapted for sites with low wind speeds.

GL has also given the Type Certificate for another six models of the AW 116/3000 turbine with a 116 meter rotor. Apart from validating the design, this certificate indicates that AWP has a quality management system according to the ISO 9001 standard, that the manufacture of the main components of the turbine is done in line with the highest quality standards, and that the turbine is capable of passing the prototype tests defined in current standards.

The Type Certificate has been awarded to the models of the AW 116/3000 for 120 meter (hub height) concrete tower and for 92 meter tubular steel tower. Both have 56.7 meter blades in versions for frequencies of 50 and 60 Hz, and for operations in normal or cold climate conditions.

In addition to the certificates awarded now, ACCIONA Windpower also holds other Type Certificates for its 3 MW platform: one for the AW 100/3000 IEC Ia (100 meter rotor) for sites with high wind potential; the AW 109/3000 IEC IIa (109 meter rotor) for sites with medium to high wind speeds, and the AW 116/3000 IEC IIa (116 meter rotor) for medium-range sites, in all case for turbines mounted on 100 meter concrete towers.

The first certificate, in 2004

ACCIONA Windpower has been designing wind turbines since 1999 and obtained its first certificate - for the AW 1500, 1.5 MW turbine - in 2004. Since then this platform has been awarded over 20 certificates from GL Renewables Certification, adding to the 15 obtained for its 3 MW turbines.

"These new certificates represent a major milestone in the development of our 3 MW range," says Miguel Núñez, R&D+I Director of ACCIONA Windpower. "They show that our turbines comply with the highest quality levels required by international standards for the wind power sector, and they back up the technological track record we began with our 1.5 MW machine and that now covers turbines with the greatest power, height and rotor diameter ever designed by the company."

Orders in progress for 3 MW ACCIONA Windpower turbines will be implemented in wind farms in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile and South Africa, adding to those already operational in wind farms in Spain and Poland.

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