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Vienna gets first of new Austrian turbine design

A 600 kW variable speed wind turbine is to be added to Vienna's attractions this month by Austria's only manufacturer of utility scale wind plant, Windtec of Kärnten. The turbine is Windtec's first. The company was founded in 1995 by Gerald Hehenberger in co-operation with electric utility Verbund. Previously Hehenberger was closely associated with development of the Austrian Floda wind turbine in the 1980s, a design said to be way ahead of its time, but which never became a commercial success. The Windtec 600 kW will be tested and certified before coming onto the market towards the end of 1997. Windtec expects to find buyers in Austria but also abroad, possibly working in co-operation with the Verbund engineering division. The prototype is owned by the Alsad Abraum Deponie, a waste disposal company. The site, currently a disposal area for building rubble, is due to be developed into an urban leisure area. Assembly of the machine will be undertaken by Windtec partner Astam, a steel and engineering company, also based in Kärnten. Windtec is responsible for engineering, design, installation and maintenance. The company is also developing a lightweight 1.5 MW turbine and heads an international project team supported under the European Union's Joule programme. A 1.5 MW prototype is due to be installed in Vienna by the fall.

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