Gamesa has inaugurated a prototype of its offgrid system to supply power to remote areas without grid access.

The system combines four sources of power such solar, wind, diesel and batteries – with installed capacity of more than 2MW.

The prototype integrates a G52-850 kW wind turbine with 816 photovoltaic modules (245 kWp) and three 222-kW diesel generators (666 kW).

Gamesa plans to add a battery to this system that can store 500kWh/500kW by this summer. The prototype system can generate enough power for 400 families and it is ideal for places such as islands, mines and certain rural areas.

Gamesa chairman Ignacio Martín said: "development of this system represents another milestone in Gamesa’s quest to resolve energy needs in a sustainable manner. At present, more than 1.2 billion people lack access to electricity.

"Rural areas of India, South-east Asia, Africa, islands such as Haiti, Indonesia and the Philippines, and other remote corners of the plant, such as jungles and deserts, stand to benefit from these offgrid solutions which can generate cheaper and cleaner power."

Gamesa will also offer a turnkey offgrid solution. The company will construct, commission, operate and maintain offgrid facilities.

The entry into the offgrid segment falls under the scope of Gamesa’s interest, as expressed in its 2015-2017 Business Plan.

Previously, the company installed a plant in the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador) which combines three diesel generators and three wind turbines.