Turbine manufacturer Repower drops 1.5 MW turbine to concentrate on 2 MW unit

Repower Systems has stopped marketing its 1.5 MW machine to concentrate on production of its three 2 MW turbine types, its 5 MW machine and development of a 3.3 MW turbine, the prototype of which will be installed in the second half of 2008. Repower produced about 60 of its 1.5 MW wind turbines in 2006 dropping to around 50 this year. Beyond that, the 1.5 MW machine will swiftly disappear from the order book. Production under licence by Repower competitors will continue, however. They made 150 of the machines this year. Licences holders are Germany's Fuhrländer, Nordex and Nordex subsidiary Südwind, China's Dongfang, which is building up production, the Indian Essar group, which does not yet have production facilities, and the Japanese Meidensha Corporation, which so far has restricted its activities to marketing the 1.5 MW machines built in Germany by Repower.

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