Megawatt class sales going well

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Sales of megawatt scale wind turbines continue apace, reports the Danish industry. Leading the pack is the German end of Nordex Balcke-Dürr, which has sold 40, 1 MW turbines so far and has another 60 on order. Meantime Vestas has sold three of its newly developed 1.5 MW unit, also to Germany, while Nordtank is preparing delivery of 12 of its 1.5 MW design to a private German investor. The machines are to be installed at Renkenberge in Emsland later this year. Bonus, too, is currently installing megawatt prototypes, reports the Danish industry's newsletter, Vindinformation, but these will not be commercially available until thoroughly tested. According to Vestas, not only is the German market interested in large turbines, but also India, China and the United States. A testing site in Denmark for the new generation of megawatt machines is urgently sought, says the wind industry association's chairman, Ole Bøgelund Nielsen of Micon. From the wind turbine test centre at Risø, Peter Hjuler has his hopes pinned on a possible site in northern Jutland -- on the windy Røjensø peninsula in the Lim Fjord.

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