Nordex takes low-wind win despite 'German uncertainty'

GERMANY: Nordex has sealed several deals in Germany totalling 84MW for its low wind N117 2.4MW turbine, while citing concerns about the country's tariff scheme.

Nordex said the deal covers 35 turbines, which will be installed in projects in the states of Hesse, Bavaria, Thuringia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden-Württemberg. Customers include Abowind, WSB, Planet Energy (Greenpeace) and Green City Energy.

Speaking about the deal, Nordex chief customer officer Lars Krogsgaard said the company was relieved the contracts had been signed so early in the year, citing concern about the possible changes to Germany's tariff system.

"Discussion of possible changes to the tariffs has caused unnecessary uncertainty in the German market. This is despite the fact that it is common knowledge that politicians tend to say more in election campaigns than they ultimately end up doing," he said.

The company has installed 60 of the N117 since the turbine was launched at the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) annual event in 2011. With the current focus on low wind sites and trend for taller towers and large rotors, the turbine is a key part of Nordex's product range.

Speaking to Windpower Monthly at this year's EWEA, Nordex CEO Jürgen Zeschky said that the sheer number of sites globally was the key reason his firm had further developed its low-wind offerings. "With low wind, we see that 50% of the sites across the world are [in this category]," he said.

The N117/2400 is available with a 91-metre hub height tubular steel tower, a 141-metre steel-hybrid tower or a newly developed 120-metre hub height tubular steel tower that comes in five sections and has a 4.27-metre tower foot diameter.

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