THE NORDEX GROUP IN SPAIN
The Nordex Group in Spain
As of October 2022
Acciona Windpower, the wind turbine manufacturer of the Spanish group Acciona S.A., has been present in the Spanish market since the end of the nineties. As a subsidiary of Acciona Energy – one of the biggest renewable energy developers and operators in the world – the company opened its first production facility Barásoain, Navarra in 2003. With the introduction of the successful AW1500 platform, the start of series production in 2005 and the subsequent development into the 3 MW class, the company became one of the most important manufacturers in Spain and on the global market.
With almost 15 GW sold, the AW3000 series – made in Spain – still remains one of the company’s bestsellers. This success is due to a great focus on cost of energy and product innovation, both of which optimize the customer’s business case.
In April 2016, Acciona Windpower merged with the German company Nordex to become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of wind turbines. Acciona S.A. is now the main shareholder of the Nordex Group. The company today has various sites throughout Spain, spread across a number of provinces, and has built three of its own production
facilities in the country: one nacelle production facility – the above mentioned in Barásoain – together with a rotor blade production facility in Lumbier, Navarre. The Group opened a concrete tower production facility in Motilla del Palancar, Castilla-La Mancha. This allows the company to supply projects to the market cost-efficiently. Today, the Nordex Group has almost 2000 employees in the country.
The Nordex Group manufactures precast segments for concrete towers for which Nordex owns several design, logistics, erection and manufacturing Intellectual Property Rights, either at 3rd party or wholly-owned facilities, always aiming at providing the most cost-efficient solution for each project; particularly major projects in Spain and emerging countries.
European Regional Development Fund
Nordex Energy Spain has been working over the past year on the harmonisation and standardisation of management processes in its various global functions (Engineering, PMEPC, Nacelle, Blades, GPO, Service) of Nordex Global. Each division of Nordex followed different processes, so it was necessary to unify and standardise them in order to function as a single company (defined within the global “One company” project).
To this purpose, Nordex Energy Spain enlisted the external support of the consultancy firm Sisteplant, specialising in optimising productivity and logistics and organisational processes through advanced manufacturing technologies (production and logistics automation), advanced organisational models (Lean Manufacturing) and smart plant systems (Machine Learning, MES, CMMS). The project was carried out in 2020 and submitted to the Navarre Government call for applications for grants promoting specialised support. The grants include a subsidy for projects to improve productivity aimed at a clear, immediate and sustainable increase in the competitiveness of companies.
“This company has received a grant from the Government of Navarre under the 2020 call for grants to improve competitiveness. This company has received a 50% co-financed grant from the European Regional Development Fund through the 2014-2020 ERDF Operational Programme in Navarre”
Additionally, the Nordex Group is active in the project called LUPDEFECT. This project was funded with Navarre Government research and development grants for 2020. The general objective of the project is to investigate in a new advanced methodology for the analysis, characterization and effective treatment of lamination defects (Lay-UP DEFECT) in the manufacture of wind blades in order to ensure their structural integrity and maximise their service life.
“This company has received a 50% co-financed grant from the European Regional Development Fund through the 2014-2020 ERDF Operational Programme in Navarre”
In 2019, wind energy was the second largest energy source in Spain, with an installed capacity of over 25 GW. This puts the country in fifth place in the world in terms of installed wind energy capacity, and second in Europe (source: AEEolica). Natural conditions, with many mountain ranges and extensive coastlines, offer very high potential for onshore wind energy. With predominantly medium wind locations and low to medium turbulence, the N155/5.X, N149/5.X and N163/5.X turbines of the Delta4000 platform are the most competitive on the market. Thanks to the flexibility of these systems, with power modes ranging from 4 to 5+ MW, custom, project-specific solutions can be found for any project. The Nordex Group has already installed over 2,3 GW of onshore capacity, with a further 717 MW under construction in Spain.
The N155/4.X & N155/5.X
Low cost of energy.
Optimized yield per position to lower Cost of Energy.
High cost-efficiency due to proven main components.
Further reducing COE for MW constrained sites.
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