LEITWIND set to install six LTW80 turbines on the islands in the French Antilles by 2020
In 2017 LEITWIND expanded its presence in France with a plant at Gilly-sur-Isère to accommodate POMA-LEITWIND’s assembly facilities. This collaboration has proven to be a successful decision and, due to the synergies between Italian know-how and French manufacturing skills, is bearing its first fruits in markets beyond the Alps.

One new project concerns a contract signed for the supply, installation and maintenance of six 1.65 MW hh48 Typhoon GL A Class LTW80 turbines on the French islands of Guadeloupe, in the Atlantic Ocean, which will go into operation in 2020.

Guadeloupe is not only a paradise of white sandy beaches and modern cities; it is also a pioneer among the Caribbean islands in green energy. It is well known that Guadeloupe’s greatest peril is tropical storms and typhoons, which frequently occur between June and November.
LEITWIND’s turbines are designed to operate in extreme winds. However, winds in regions like Guadeloupe that suffer from tropical storms can be very different from winds in Europe and North America. The turbines that LEITWIND will install in this area of tropical cyclones must be specifically designed to withstand higher wind speeds, based on typhoon intensity. The characteristics of tropical cyclones, levels of turbulence, rapid changes in wind direction, the likelihood of failure of the electricity grid, and the danger of flooding due to heavy rains must be taken into consideration throughout the design process.

Logistics adds an additional layer of complexity: components can only be supplied by ship during the night, since the islands have restrictions on shipping. Even the main crane used to raise the “star” must be delivered by ship, since the islands do not have one. The time frame is very limited: installation must be completed before the most severe cyclones begin in late summer.
The Guadeloupe project is a major challenge for LEITWIND, but the team has identified efficient solutions to guarantee delivery within the agreed time frames and a long-term performance that meets LEITWIND’s standards.
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