A new energy for El Hierro

Gorona del viento

An island
100% renewable energy

Welcome to the website of the “El Hierro Hydroelectric Plant”. An installation whose objective is to supply the Island of the Meridian with electricity from clean and renewable sources such as water and wind.

How it works?

Gorona del Viento El Hierro, S.A.´s Wind-Pumped Hydro Power Station is designed to supply the Meridian Island with electrical energy derived from clean, renewable energy sources such as water and wind.

The Wind Farm has capacity to fully meet El Hierro´s demand for electricity. The surplus wind energy which is not consumed by the Island´s population is used to pump water from a lower reservoir to a higher reservoir. This water is stored in the upper reservoir and used to produce electricity by means of a hidraulic jump at times when the wind power is inadequate.

Pumping section

This comprises two sets of 1,500 kW pumps and 6 sets of 500 kW pumps, with a total power of 6 MW.

Lower reservoir

Located close to the Llanos Blancos Power Station, it can store 150,000 m3 of water.

Turbine room

Consisting of four state-of-the-art Pelton turbines with speed regulators and flywheels which enable response time to be minimised. The total combined power of the set of turbines is 11.3 MW.

Forced conductors

Two pipelines approximately three kilometres long and 0.80 metres in diameter, which link two water reservoirs, they are designed to meet both technical and environmental criteria in order to minimise their visual impact.

Upper reservoir

This has a capacity of 380,000 m3, and is located in a natural crater known as La Caldera, lined with waterproofed polymer sheets. This reservoir, located at an altitude of 700 m, is linked to the lower reservoir by the means of forced pipelines.

Wind farm

This is made up of five Enercon E-70 wind turbines, of 2.3 MW each, providing a total power of 11.5 MW to the wind farm.

Visit our facilities

Request your place to visit Gorona del Viento, you can discover a spectacular sustainability laboratory and know first hand the operation of the Hydroelectric Plant.

You will receive information about the importance of the transition to renewables in isolated territories such as El Hierro, the operation of the Power Plant and the activities to promote renewable energy and energy savings of our entity.

Moving

Our daily activities
EducationNews
November 12, 2019

Gorona del Viento will have a presence at Africagua Canarias

Delegations from West Africa and America will be visiting the Wind-Pumped Hydro Power Station on 12 and 15 November. The President of El Hierro’s Island Council and of Gorona del…
EducationNews
October 28, 2019

Gorona del Viento strengthens its collaborative links with Africa

Representatives from Cape Verde, Mauritania and Senegal study Wind-Pumped Hydro Power Station’s hybrid technology model with a view to applying it in their own countries. A delegation from the international…
EducationNews
October 14, 2019

Students awarded scholarships by Gorona del Viento describe their linguistic immersion experience

Today, 11 October, the students who were beneficiaries of Gorona del Viento’s Linguistic Immersion Programme gathered at the El Hierro Wind-Pumped Hydro Power Station to share their experiences of the…
News
September 23, 2019

Gorona del Viento El Hierro introduces its new Board of Directors

It was unanimously decided to appoint Alpidio Armas as Chairman and Santiago González as Chief Executive Officer. Today (Monday 23 September), the president of El Hierro Island Council, Alpidio Armas,…
Reduction of Emissions
24650
Tons per year of greenhouse gases not emitted into the atmosphere, mainly CO2.
100% Renewable Hours
2300
Hours covered 100% by renewable energy annually thanks to the Hydroelectric Plant
Fuel Savings
7460
Tons of diesel not consumed annually thanks to the Hydroelectric Plant
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