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Suzlon launches S9X range of turbines

INDIA: Suzlon has launched a new range of 2.1MW turbines as it seeks to broaden its product offering.

INDIA: Suzlon has launched a new range of 2.1MW turbines as it seeks to broaden its product offering.

The manufacturer has launched the S9X range, which it said was an evolution of its S88 2.1MW turbine. The new range consists of the S95 and the S97, which are designed to work in class 2 or class 3 wind conditions respectively.

Both S95 and S97 have hub height options of 80 metres, 90 metres and 100 metres. The S95 comes with a swept area of 7085 metres2 while the S97 has a swept area of 7,386 metres2. Suzlon claims the turbines have a lower cost of energy than the S88.

The S88 was designed for class 2, or low to medium wind speed conditions.

Suzlon said the S95 would be the first of the new range to go into production later this year. The S97 would follow in the first half of 2012. Both turbines use a double-feed induction generator.

Suzlon CEO Tulsi Tanti said the turbine would be particularly targeted at emerging markets such as India, China and Brazil.

He added: "The wind industry is rapidly evolving; the center of gravity has shifted to emerging markets which are re-shaping the sector. This shift is also dictating the direction of technology development as more moderate and low wind sites become available in these new markets. The S9X suite of turbines has been developed to take advantage of these emerging opportunities."

The turbines were launched at Wind Power India 2011. A common theme at the conference was the need for a turbine that adapted to the country’s changeable weather conditions, where wind speeds can dramatically alter.

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