Enercon launches new 3MW machine

GERMANY: Enercon has launched the E-101, a new 3MW wind turbine designed for low wind sites.

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Enercon said the turbine is a sister model to the E-82 3MW machine, which is designed for medium wind speed conditions.

Speaking to Windpower Monthly in January, Enercon managing director Hans-Dieter Kettwig said the development of the E-101 would be a focus for the company across 2011 and 2012.

The E-101 is fitted with a liquid-cooled generator. Liquid cooling could make the generator overall system more complex, but as a key advantage greatly enhances heat dissipation capacity.

Other features include a hub height of 135 metres and a swept area of 8,012 metres2.

Enercon's move to launch a machine for low wind sites follows similar annoucements by Gamesa and GE.

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