Construction began this month on the Indian Kalyani group's new wind turbine factory and administration centre at the small north-eastern German Baltic sea port of Wismar. Kalyani's subsidiary Kenersys, a wind turbine design and consulting company, is responsible for the development and implementation of the new works. The factory will start production of 2 MW and 2.5 MW machines in August with a staff of 22. Going forward, output will ramp up to the maximum capacity of 180 machines a year, employing around 100 staff. The state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern contributed to the factory's EUR 6.5 million cost. Meanwhile, Kenersys is building a test series of ten machines with partner company SSB Antriebstechnik of Rheine, near its headquarters in Münster, to get the production process going and train staff for the works in Wismar. Kalyani's first customers include German wind developer Juwi and Swedish energy companies Göteborg Energi and Vattenfall. Göteborg Energi has operated a 2 MW prototype since March and Vattenfall a 2.5 MW prototype, also since March. Under an agreement from November, Juwi will take up to 35 of the 2.5 MW machine, all with a 100 metre rotor diameter, over the next three years. Kenersys was the new name given to RSBConsult of Münster after its takeover by Kalyani in September 2007.
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