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German technolgoy made in California -- Zond adopts Tacke design

Enron Wind Corp is to start making the Tacke 1.5 MW model with a 65 metre tower and 70.5 metre rotor at the Zond facility in Tehachapi, California, in September. Manufacturing space has been doubled to cope with the larger machine, reports Tacke, Enron's wind turbine division in Germany. Five of the machines will be built in September and 50 will have been manufactured in Tehachapi by the end of the year. The machine will be known as the TZ 1.5 in the US, a step toward merging the Tacke and Zond turbine brands.

It is not yet clear where blades for the TZ 1.5 MW machines will be made. Enron Wind has three suppliers: Tecsis, near Sao Paulo in Brazil; MFG (Moulded Fibre Glass) of Gainsville in Texas, supplier to Zond; and Poly-Huron of London, Ontario, in Canada, a supplier to Tacke before its takeover by Enron.

Meanwhile, Tacke Windenergie Salzbergen is preparing to build a 2 MW machine, described as a larger version of the 1.5 MW model, primarily for offshore use. A 3 MW is also being worked on at Salzbergen.

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