GET-Danwin is under new ownership. In March, Hans and Christopher Schirren, father and son, sold their joint 76.6% share in Gesellschaft für Energietechnik (GET) to Per Lind, the third shareholder in the company. Lind has now resumed his post as managing director, temporarily relinquished in November. Lind comments: "Business partnerships are like a marriage, sometimes you have to go separate ways." The reasons were a mixture of financial and personal problems. Founded in July 1992, GET, based in Rendsburg, has exclusive co-operation contracts with Windgineering of Roskilde in Denmark (the design team) and HDW Nobiskrug, a shipbuilding and repairs subsidiary of the German Preussag Group. Windgineering was set up by the Danish developers of the Danwin wind turbine after the Danwin company went out of business (Windpower Monthly December 1991). HDW's task is the production, installation, commissioning and service of the turbines. The first 225 kW GET-Danwin turbine -- an improved Danwin design with a new 13.3 metre blade design from LM Glasfiber of Denmark -- should be installed next June. Installation of a 5 MW wind farm at Brunsbuettel for a private operator is scheduled for the autumn, starting with ten 225 kW turbines and the prototype 600 kW GET-41 which has no close connection with the original Danwin design. A preliminary series of six to ten GET-41 turbines will be built and installed next year. Another wind station with six GET-Danwin 225 kW turbines is planned on the island of Nordstrand off the North Sea coast at Husum in Schleswig Holstein.
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