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Installation of a prototype 2.5 MW wind turbine was ongoing last month at the testing site of Windtest Grevenbroich in North Rhine Westfalia (NRW), Germany. With an 80 metre tower and 80 metre rotor diameter, the machine is being billed as the world's largest prototype wind turbine.

The 2.5 MW giant has been developed by Babcock Prozessautomation, a subsidiary of the Borsig Energy Group, to which wind turbine manufacturer Nordex belongs. Indeed, the machine was built using Nordex know-how from the German/Danish company.

Both Babcock and Nordex will market the machine, with Babcock Prozessautomation concentrating on selling it in NRW and in the countries where the company already has a presence, primarily the Arabic countries, a company spokesman says. The development of the prototype was supported by the government of NRW, where Babcock Prozessautomation is based.

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