The AWEA Whirlwind (no pun intended)
This year, the country’s largest wind trade show, AWEA WINDPOWER, took place near the happiest place on Earth. That’s right – at the Anaheim Convention Center, just steps away from the Disneyland theme park. With California’s newly strengthened commitment to 33 percent renewable energy by 2020 – the nation’s strongest renewable portfolio standard – there is a lot to be happy about, aside from the abundance of roller coasters and amusement parks that line the Pacific coast.
The WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition is the leading event for wind professionals to learn about wind issues, technology, and policy while networking with industry decision makers, and generating high-quality business leads. Some 20,000 people were in attendance this year, with over 1,200 exhibitors from across the world. Organized by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the conference offers access to the wind industry for those serious about capitalizing on this growing market.
ACCIONA Windpower made its grand debut at this year’s show with a highlighted focus on a newly engineered 3MW turbine, the AW3000/116, designed specifically for IEC class IIa wind sites (medium wind speeds). This turbine features a 116-meter rotor diameter, delivering a superior power curve and the best cost of energy at sites with medium wind speeds. Other features of this machine include multiple standard tower height options (both steel and concrete), 12kV generation (producing economic savings for customers), and advanced grid integration.
During the conference, ACCIONA Windpower Director of Strategic Procurement, Tom Waggoner, participated in a panel focusing on domesticating supply chain while CEO Joe Baker and Global Product Line Director Scott Baron were on hand to talk to media about what this turbine means for customers and the wind industry as a whole.