Aerodyn Energiesysteme has celebrated the granting of its 200th type acceptance test document, in this case certified by the independent certification company Germanischer Lloyd. The 200th document involved determining the durability of the bearing housing and main shaft of the PZ3WF-100 gear developed by Dorstener Maschinenfabrik for the Fuhrländer 750 kW machine. The document was then given the official stamp of approval by Germanischer Lloyd.
Fears that the Schleswig-Holstein government is trying to undermine the privileged status of wind turbines in planning law have been at least partially allayed by energy minister Claus Möller. He announced that some areas in the district of Schleswig-Flensburg would be opened for wind energy development in February and parts of east Holstein are already available. Previously, only north Friesland had a regional development plan for wind. Möller's announcement seems to override a decision by Schleswig-Holstein premier Heide Simonis preventing wind development in other than officially designated areas. This ruling would have put a stop to wind installations at least until 1998, the date that regional zoning for wind development must be complete. Möller, however, suggests development will continue as normal. "In Schleswig-Holstein, wind privilege laid down in the building statute book and orderly planning of wind energy use have been successfully harmonised," he says.