Wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa this week inaugurated a prototype on-site power system designed for off-grid areas.

The Spanish company said the new system is aimed at remote areas such as islands, mines and rural regions.

The 2 MW power solution bundles wind turbines, solar panels, diesel generation and energy storage, and includes custom control software to facilitate integration of the four technologies.

Included in the prototype are an 850 kW wind turbine, 816 solar photovoltaic (PV) modules totalling 245 kWp, and three 222 kW diesel gensets. According to Gamesa, a 500 kWh battery is planned to be added by this summer.

The company said it also plans to offer a turnkey off-grid power solution.

David Mesonero, Gamesa’s director of business development, said: ‘Gamesa’s entry into the off-grid sector represents a fresh technological challenge and a new niche opportunity: development of this class of technology is expected to reach 1200 MW in the coming years. The advantage of our system is based on its flexibility: it can be tailored for customer needs by increasing, reducing or eliminating capacity in any of the technologies used.’