British wind turbine manufacturer Carter Wind Turbines has won a government contract for research into a new generation Carter machine. The contract, for 50% funding of the project, begins this month. "We are looking at developing a slightly larger machine, but we first need to look at the market requirements," says CWT's Dave Corbett. He aims to have a prototype ready in early 1996. Meanwhile, the company is working towards obtaining Germanischer Lloyd certification for its current 300 kW machine. It is also exploring the feasibility of increasing rotor size from 24 m diameter to 28 m. It plans to test the new rotor at the end of this year. Since the British company pulled out of the Texas based US operation, Carter Wind Turbines Inc, and brought the technology back to its Derby headquarters, it has been steadily bringing new expertise into the company which now has a staff of 15.
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