Repower says the machine "bridges the gap" between its current onshore products, rated at 1.5 MW and 2 MW, and its 5 MW and 6 MW offshore machines. A second 3.3 MW machine is to be erected at Südermarsch soon. Both machines were assembled in Bremerhaven, where Repower is currently initiating series production of its 5 MW offshore turbine and has just completed assembly of the three first 6 MW machines for installation at the Westre wind farm on the German-Danish border. The machines will be fully tested at that location in preparation for certifying for offshore use. Westre is a community-owned project owned by 200 limited partners resident in the villages of Westre and Ellhöft in Germany and Lydersholm in Denmark.
Meantime, Repower intends to produce 30 of the new 3 MW model during the coming financial year. In the medium term, it plans to construct a new factory for production of the 3 MW turbine at Osterrönfeld, also in the north German region of Schleswig-Holstein.