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Enercon E-138 EP3 prototype starts testing

The longer-bladed variant prototype of Enercon's new 3.5MW EP3 platform has been installed at a test site in the Netherlands.

Enercon's EP3 E-138 prototype has been installed at the Wieringermeer test site in the Netherlands (pic: Enercon)
Enercon's EP3 E-138 prototype has been installed at the Wieringermeer test site in the Netherlands (pic: Enercon)

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The E-138, aimed at medium- and low-wind conditions, follows on the heels of the E-126 prototype, which began testing in August 2018.

"We are pleased that we are making progress with our EP3 programme, and that we have successfully installed the first E-138," said Enercon sales director Stefan Lütkemeyer.

The direct-drive E-138 prototype has a nameplate capacity of 3.5MW, a rotor diameter of 138.6 metres, and a specific power rating of 232W/m2. Production models will be available with hub heights ranging from 81 to 160 metres.

The EP3 platform marks a radical change in approach for Enercon with the focus on a compact design and modular construction. 

Enercon has already taken 345MW in orders for the E-138 from Canada alone.

"The response we are recording is highly positive, and is further proof for us that we are developing the right products to match the changing market requirements," said Lütkemeyer.

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