It is hoped that the set of offshore wind turbines will generate 30 megawatts of electricity from the end of 2016.
Given the huge potential that offshore wind energy sources represent off the coast of the United States, the first wind farm is already underway on North American soils.
The wind farm is located some 20 km from Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, in the northeast of the United States. Thanks to the strong winds in the area, the aim of the project will be to supply coastal regions with renewable energy, in particular all the areas along the Atlantic coast with major cities such as New York and Boston, and also the Gulf of Mexico.
For Asturian industry this North American project for green energy production represents an important business opportunity, as both the Daniel Alonso Group, with its subsidiary Windar Renovables, and the Asturfeito company are supplying fundamental pieces for the construction of the Block Island wind farm.
Aviles exports wind power components to the United States
The towers that hold each of the 6-megawatt producing wind turbines that will constitute the first wind farm in the United States are manufactured in the Asturian city of Aviles by Windar Renovables, a company positioned within the Daniel Alonso Group.
Once constructed the towers are shipped from the Aviles Port to the United States quay of the city of Providence, Rhode Island, near the offshore wind farm. Once on American soil, it takes Windar employees a month and a half with mechanical and electric materials to prepare the tower for installation with the wind turbine.
Windar Renovables is also involved in the construction of offshore wind farms in Germany and Scotland, making it an expert in knowing how to seize opportunities and secure a position within the renewable energies market.
The Asturfeito Group is also part of the Block Island Wind Farm project. The Asturian company is taking full advantage of its broad experience in the oil and gas market to expand in the offshore wind power business. Asturfeito provides the metal-mechanical pieces for two of the five turbines that will make up the offshore wind farm.