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RES | 26 Dec 2019

Green light to Wind 4.0, Siemens Gamesa's plan to promote technological development and digitalisation in both the Basque wind industry and its suppliers. ZE-2019/00037

 

  • Ormazabal, Hine, Ingeteam, Lau Lagun and Talleres Jaso are taking part in the initiative
  • The project, a result of the agreement signed last year between Siemens Gamesa and the Basque Government, has been approved in the first phase of the Hazitek 2019 programme


Through the Wind 4.0 consortium, Siemens Gamesa has given new impetus to its commitment to ensuring the competitiveness of its processes and its local supply chain. The aim is to support the development of technology and the implementation of industry 4.0 in the Basque Country's wind sector.
 
Deploying Wind 4.0 will allow Siemens Gamesa to move forward in terms of both digitalising products and processes and also in the technological development of the company and its supplier companies, which will help boost performance, efficiency and competitiveness.
 
“The future of our industry lies in collaboration, technological development and digitalisation. That is why this programme, which brings these parameters together, is undoubtedly a fundamental part of our strategy, a key factor in ensuring our suppliers remain competitive," said Maite Basurto, Head of Corporate Technology Processes at Siemens Gamesa.
 
The consortium will invest a total of €6.4 million in this project, which will mark the future of the company and its Basque suppliers.
 
The plan has the backing of the Basque Government, which has approved its implementation in Phase I of the evaluation process for the Hazitek 2019 business R&D support programme. Wind 4.0 is the result of the collaboration agreement signed last year between Siemens Gamesa and the Basque Government to promote the wind energy supply chain in the Basque Country.
 
The plan will involve five providers (Ormazabal, Hine, Ingeteam, Lau Lagun and Talleres Jaso), and the collaboration of four centres from the Basque Science, Technology and Innovation Network (Ikerlan, Tecnalia, Tekniker and Ormazabal Corporate Technology).
 
With regard to specific projects, Wind 4.0 will involve digitalising Ormazabal's medium voltage cubicles; increasing the efficiency of Ingeteam's production and data analysis processes through real-time process monitoring; designing and developing hydraulic systems at Hine; monitoring and optimising the impeller bearing at Lau Lagun; and automating the precision shaft-multiplier assembly at Talleres Jaso, among other digitalisation processes.
 
The project also has lines to support digitalisation within Siemens Gamesa. The first line will apply technology 4.0 in developing a new control platform for converters, while the others will involve a range of monitoring systems in the manufacturing processes.