Research and development


Argolabe's commitment with sustainability and renewable energies.

Since the beginning of our business activity, Argolabe Ingeniería had special interest in promoting R&D. We have always had interest in seeking for a product to specialize in. We started from the first day our R&D activities in wind energy designing a 100kW wind turbine for distributed generation from scratch. We took part in GAITEK projects, from Basque Government (Gobierno Vasco) during 2005 and 2006. Later, between 2007 and 2010, we participated in PSE small wind project form Ministry of Science and Innovation (Ministerio de Ciencia y Innovación) Between 2011 and 2012 we collaborate with UPV/EHU (Basque Country University) in several small wind turbines and advanced control systems design projects.

Design

Blade design

3D design

All parts have been mounted through 3D design software to avoid any problem at assembly moment

Blade test

Blade tested in CEDER - Ciemat.

In July 2011 we ended our first R&D project installing a 100kW wind turbine in Technological Park of Miñano, in Álava. Nowadays, this wind turbine is working successfully.
We collaborated in this project with several Technology Centres (CIEMAT, INTA, Tecnalia) and Universities (College of Industrial Engineering of Bilbao, College of Technical Engineering of Vitoria Gasteiz).

We keep supporting and investing in R&D for our high efficient and reliable 100kW wind turbine.

Simulation platform

Wind turbine control is checked and validated through aeroelastic simulations hardware-in-the-loop.

Assembly

First unit assembled on site.

First wind turbine

First unit is installed in Technological Park of Miñano, Álava

We are currently developing two R&D projects to improve the previous wind turbine model:
  • AGDA project: Medium size wind turbine for distributed generation and self-consumption. Integral redesign of the medium-size wind turbine to reduce costs, improve its efficiency and increase its reliability. This new wind turbine is called T100 and first serial unit was installed in the year 2015. This project is sponsored by:
    agda

  • SAERA project: Energy saving solution for isolated power grids through renewable energies. In collaboration with EHU-UPV (Basque Country University, College of Technical engineering of Vitoria) and technical centre Tecnalia. The main aim of this project is to find a technical outcome based on renewable energies to power supply isolated communities, not interconnected to the general power system. This project is sponsored by:
    saera