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COMPETITORS JOIN FORCES, TAKEN OVER

A relative newcomer to the wind turbine market, Autoflug Energietechnik was taken over in December by another German wind company, GET. Autoflug had been searching for a co-operation partner for some time and had discussed a possible agreement with Jacobs Energie of Heide. Founded in 1993, the company marketed a 100 kW machine -- with a prototype installed at the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Koog testfield in September 1994 -- and was developing a two bladed 1.2 MW turbine, the prototype of which was to have been installed in the autumn of last year.

Commenting on the successful deal, GET managing director Per Lind says: "The takeover has resulted in a company structure, GET/AFE, which can offer a range of products, 100 kW, 225 kW, 600 kW and 1.2 MW, seldom achieved amongst turbine manufacturers." Synergy effects in turbine development should also emerge, says Lind. The company will be interested to see whether the rotor blade profile of the 1.2 MW machine, developed with three blades, has sufficient stall properties to combine with the GET active stall regulation system, he explains. Other positive effects should be felt in marketing, purchasing and production.

Autoflug's two former managing directors Gerhard Sedlmayr and Uwe Witt were asked to resign when Per Lind took over the reins. The Autoflug headquarters is to be moved from Rellingen to the GET address in Rendsburg. Autoflug turbines will be built by the GET co-operation partner, HDW-Nobiskrug.

The prototype of the A1200, 1.2 MW pitch-controlled, two bladed turbine with a rotor diameter of 61 metres is now to be installed in the spring. A three bladed version, optimised for inland sites with an enlarged rotor diameter of 66 metres, will be marketed at the end of 1996. The two bladed turbine will also be developed further and optimised for use offshore.

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