Prototypes on way for offshore

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Enercon has postponed installation of its prototype 4.5 MW machine near its manufacturing works in Magdeburg-Rothensee until the summer. The company had said it would be up be the end of March. "You have to expect delays with such a project," says Enercon's Claus Pescha. The 112 metre tower for the E112 is built, he says. It will carry 400 tonnes of nacelle and blades -- 300 tonnes more than Enercon's E66 1.8 MW unit. Sourcing manufacture of the large components has been problematic, adds Pescha, though the 52 metre blades will be made by one of Enercon's traditional suppliers, Abeking and Rasmussen of Lemwerder.

Meantime, Vestas Deutschland plans to install the prototype of its V90 3 MW turbine at a site in the Nord Friesland region of Lower Saxony by May. The company intends to supply this machine for Germany's first offshore wind stations.

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