A new wind turbine manufacturer in east Germany, the Brandenburgischen Wind und Umwelttechnologie (BWU) of Britz, has built and installed its first two 600 kW plant at the existing Ruedersdorf wind station. The unit stands alongside four Vestas and two Tacke Windtechnik turbines, also all 600 kW machines. The BWU was founded in March with a view to signing a licence contract with Jacobs Energie of Heide to build the 600 kW Jacobs machine. BWU managing director Hans Juergen Knaak says: "We have had considerable political support in Brandenburg which has a clear policy in favour of renewable energies and is keen to see growth in this field." Brandenburg economy minister Burkhard Dreher attended the inauguration ceremony for BWU's first two turbines. Employing some 20 people, the company is sited on the property of the iron foundry in Britz. Located north east of Berlin about 80 km from the Polish border, the company is concentrating on getting established locally. Four turbines have been sold with another seven in the pipeline. In the medium to long term, BWU may find it can make use of local links to Poland to find market openings there or even further east.
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