Mitsubishi will install and test a prototype 450 kW turbine in northern Germany, according to the company's Madeleine Shinada. Of the choice of location, she says: "This is where turbines are compared most closely and critically." Mitsubishi expects to market the turbine for $440,000. Reports that the company had been investigating the possibility of taking over a German wind company were emphatically denied by Shinada, who was attending the Hannover trade fair last month. Mitsubishi was also present last month at the American Wind Energy Association's Windpower '95 conference. A 4 MW project of Mitsubishi 450 kW units may be installed in California, said the company's Kaz Takomoto. Only one prototype of the unit has so far been installed, in Japan near the company's facility in Nagasaki. Takomoto would not give further details of the planned project, except to say that it would not be with its previous partner in the US, SeaWest Systems. To date Mitsubishi has installed 817 turbines, with rated capacities of 250 kW or 300 kW, mainly in Hawaii, California and Wales.
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