Another megawatt prototype

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A new prototype 1.5 MW wind turbine -- being developed jointly by three German wind companies -- is to be installed at Windtest Kaiser-Wilhelm-Koog in the summer. The three project partners are Husumer Schiffswerft, Jacobs Energie, and Brandenburgische Windkraft und Umwelttechnologie (BWU), from the east German town of Britz. BWU manufactures smaller turbines under licence for Jacobs Energie.

A new assembly workshop for the 1.5 MW turbine type was recently completed by Jacobs at its existing facilities at Heide. When series production begins, probably at the beginning of 1999, the machine will be manufactured at the facilities of all three companies, says Jacobs.

Two versions of the turbine will be available, adds the company's Volker Hansen. One, designed for inland sites, will have a 90 metre tower and 70 metre rotor diameter, "probably making it the largest in series production on the market." The other, with a 65 meter rotor diameter and 65 metre tower, is destined for high wind areas and offshore use.

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