By Renewable Energy Focus staff

The plan is to develop North America’s first offshore wind turbines by late 2012, Gamesa says.

The center builds on the alliance between Gamesa and Northrop Gunman formed in October to cooperate on the launch of Gamesa’s first G11X 5 MW offshore prototype in the US.

The two companies have put together a team of almost 50 engineers that are focusing on the development of the offshore wind turbine. The goal is to install two of the offshore wind turbines – one onshore and one offshore for validation testing – by the fourth quarter of 2012.

Britt Theismann, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), says: “Offshore wind development is the next big thing for the American wind industry, and this center is a major milestone in our progress to harness these vast resources to power our economy and put people to work.

“Through this new center, Gamesa and Northrop Gunman are creating a new and revolutionary addition to the wind energy supply chain, right here in America. This facility is another example of the many jobs and economic benefits the wind industry is bringing to this country. Wind power is clean, affordable and homegrown.”