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Shipping this month: After a decade away the Dutch wind industry has re-entered the American market. NedWind is to deliver a turnkey wind farm of 20 of its two-bladed Model 40 turbines for a site in Palm Springs. The $13 million project is financed by a Dutch investment group which already has a small stake in NedWind's parent, Hollandia. The turbines, now being put together at NedWind's Rhenen premises (above) start shipping this month, with completion of the wind farm scheduled for June.

The NedWind 40 is a stall controlled machine, but the 20 metre blades (made by NedWind) pitch hydraulically as a safety mechanism in strong winds. The turbine, with a site dependent rated capacity of 400-500 kW, has two generators of equal size and the patented yaw drive uses a cable slung around the tower top, rather than gears. As can be seen in the photo, the Nedwind 40 has two generators of the same size on a double outgoing shaft from the gearbox. A single speed version has been ordered specifically by the US client. The dual speed version has two small additional generators.

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