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 does 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.

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Our daily activities
News
May 20, 2019

Gorona del Viento launches new website

Gorona del Viento El Hierro, S.A. has completely renewed its corporate website with a new design based on simplicity, transparency and interactivity. The new image is now available with the…
News
May 9, 2019

Gorona del Viento obtains certifications in Quality, Environment and Health and Safety

Gorona del Viento El Hierro, in compliance with its objectives and within the framework of its corporate policy, has obtained the certification of its Quality, Environmental and Health and Safety…
News
April 23, 2019

Gorona del Viento announces 20 language immersion scholarships for students of El Hierro

A total of €60,000 will be awarded to the improvement of language skills for high school students. As of today, high school students from El Hierro will be able to…
News
March 25, 2019

The International Energy Agency visits the El Hierro´s Wind Pumped Hydro Power Station

The group of experts participating in the spring meeting (TASK-14) of the International Energy Agency (IEA) today visited the facilities of the El Hierro´s Wind Pumped Hydro Power Station accompanied…
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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