Sights set beyond home borders

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Husumer Schiffswerft (HSW) in northern Germany has announced it will step up efforts to market its 1 MW turbine in Europe in 1998. "We expect to sell at least 30 of our HSW 1000 this year," says the company's Angelo Bargel. In 1997 HSW sold 11, 1 MW units -- all of them to German customers. Six are turning at Westerau between Hamburg and Lübeck, two each in Paderborn and Dagebüll, and one in Olderbek, near Husum.

So far this year the company expects to deliver up to 18 turbines to its agent in Luxembourg, Independent Conclusion Consultants (ICC), a project company based in the capital city. While the HSW 1000 is already type certified, ICC is waiting for completion of noise and grid compatibility tests by Windtest Kaiser-Wilhelm-Koog in order to use the data for the licensing procedure. The project is then expected to go ahead, HSW reports.

Another two machines are to be delivered to Ireland in mid 1998, supported by a European Union Thermie grant. HSW and its Irish partner, Arklow Marine Services, expect to install the turbines near Waterford on the southern Irish coast.

HSW has also applied for Thermie funds to support a project in Italy and has further projects in the pipeline in Austria and the Czech Republic. "Perhaps surprisingly we find German banks are more willing to provide loans for projects in the Czech Republic than in the far corners of the EU," says Bargel.

HSW, a ship building company with a growing wind turbine division, is developing a 600 kW unit with active stall design. Work on this machine was delayed after the prototype ran out of control and a technician was killed last year (Windpower Monthly, May 1997). HSW reports it is taking its time testing and improving its second prototype. "We are not giving a date for the start of marketing." says Bargel. "After the fatal accident last year with the first prototype, our team refuses to be placed under time pressure."

In the east

Activities in India with HSW partner TTG, of Madras, have been quiet in recent months, says Bargel, although more than 100 of the HSW 250 kW machine have been delivered since 1993. The Chinese market has so far been disappointing for HSW, despite the investment of a considerable amount of time and effort in creating a Chinese marketing outlet (Windpower Monthly, October 1994). A co-operation contract on know-how transfer, signed in 1994, has hardly moved since then. It involved the delivery of components for 200, HSW 250 kW machines. Bargel believes the main contract partner, First Tractor and Construction Company, of Laoyang, is orienting itself towards larger machines.

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