Japanese-Dutch turbines in Finland

Three 2 MW wind turbines, equipped with permanent magnet generators and without gearboxes, have come online on Högsåra island, Finland. The turbines were supplied by Harakosan Europe BV of the Netherlands. Its Japanese parent acquired the patents and licences for the Zephyros Z72 turbine from Dutch turbine maker Zephyros back in 2005 (Windpower Monthly, November 2005).

Zephyros developed from Lagerwey, which went into liquidation in 2005. It was originally contracted by the Finnish project developer, Via Wind, to supply the Zephyros Z72 units. Harakosan, which established a manufacturing plant in Den Helder in the Netherlands, took over the supply contract, with the Zephyros Z72 renamed the Harakosan Z72. The Finnish units were supplied and installed by local Finland sales agent Hafmex Windforce.

Harakosan, owned by a Japanese firm and with manufacturing headquarters in Holland, got 50-60% of the components for the Högsåra project from Finnish suppliers, with Suomen ABB leading the pack. ABB is Harakosan's main supplier for turbine parts generally, providing the Z72's drive train, permanent magnet generator and the power converter. Other equipment is also supplied by local firms.

Harakosan says it considers Benelux, France and the UK as its home markets, but hopes to establish a worldwide presence by setting up a network of franchise partners in a number of key geographical regions, notably Middle and Eastern Europe and Asia. As well as the 2 MW machine, the company hopes to have a 3 MW unit in production soon.

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