A new energy for El Hierro

Gorona del viento

An island
100% renewable energy

Welcome to the website of the “Wind-Pumped Hydro Power Station of El HIerro”. 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
News
June 11, 2020

Gorona del Viento will drive sustainability in El Hierro

  The main goal of this project is to establish the island as a sustainability lab that benefits residents. El Hierro is an opportunity for governments to export the insular…
AwarenessNews
February 18, 2020

El Hierro’s senior citizens mark World Energy Day with Gorona del Viento

The Chief Executive Officer of Gorona del Viento, Santiago González, today took part in an activity dedicated to World Energy Day. The occasion was celebrated at the Valverde Centre for…
News
January 14, 2020

Gorona del Viento drives forward the Aequus Meridiano programme to keep the Canary Island sporting event on the path to sustainability

Gorona del Viento and the La Frontera Municipal Council have today presented their collaboration compact with the Meridiano Naviera Armas Marathon. In this way, the company that has successfully established…
EducationNews
January 13, 2020

Renewables: the principal source of electricity generation on El Hierro

Renewables are once again set to be the principal source of electricity generation on El Hierro for 2019, having met 54% of the island’s demand for energy throughout the year…
Reduction of Emissions
23123
Tons of greenhouse gases not emitted into the atmosphere, mainly CO2. Year 2019.
100% Renewable Hours
1905
Hours covered 100% by renewable energy annually thanks to the WPH in 2019.
Fuel Savings
7007
Tons of diesel not consumed annually thanks to the WPH in 2019.
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