Südwind of Berlin hopes to deliver two 12 metre turbines to Volgograd in Russia in the spring to join the existing 37 kW machine there which is sited close to the city's Construction Engineering College. The new turbines will probably also have a rated capacity of 37 kW. They will partially supply a new ecological housing estate now being planned with the help of two additional Berlin companies, Atlantis and Stattbau. "Support for the project under the German Eldorado programme is more or less cleared," says Jochen Twele from Südwind. The long term aim is to find local partners in Volgograd to manufacture turbine components thus reducing the overall cost. Only then can projects be considered without the need for state aid. Meanwhile Südwind, which is marketing agent for the British made VS45 from Markham, a new version of the Austrian Floda turbine, intends to install a 600 kW VS45 prototype this month at the Kaiser Wilhelm Koog test field. Despite a one month delay in getting the prototype up and running, type certification of the machine is firmly expected by March. Südwind moved to new premises at Berlin Kreuzberg last year, increasing its production capacity significantly. The company now employs 25 and turnover for 1994 was some DEM 7 million. A price cut for its N3127, 270 kW wind turbine in November resulted in a surge of enquiries and several orders. During last year nine Südwind 1200 (30 kW or 37 kW) turbines and ten 270 kW turbines were installed. "In 1995, production capacity is sufficient to build 30 to 40 N3127 turbines," says Twele. An optimised version of the N3127 with a 50 m tower will be available from the spring, while the VS45 should also be on the market once it has been type approved. Further exports to the east are also planned.
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