28 Oct '13, 1pm

Spain launches its first prototype offshore wind turbine

Spain launches its first prototype offshore wind turbine

The first Spanish offshore wind turbine has been erected in the port of Arinaga on Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands despite an industry lacking in state support. The 5MW turbine is located at the end of a dyke and stands 154 metres (505 feet) tall with 62.5-metre (205-feet) long blades. It will be able to supply electricity to 7,500 homes and is expected to obtain certification in March 2014 after which it will be connected to the Spanish national grid. “In the first half of the year, more than half of all the electricity produced in Spain came from renewable sources” said Industry Minister Jose Manuel Soria. Spain currently occupies the fourth slot in global ranking of installed wind energy capacity but subsidies have fallen in recent years in line with government austerity policies. Ignacio Martin, the executive president of Gamesa, the Spanish company that manufacture...

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