New turbine design

Series production of the MD70 1.5 MW wind turbine has begun in Germany. The machine, which costs about DEM 3 million and has a blade span of 70 metres, is built under licence for German Pro and Pro by four German turbine manufacturers, Fuhrländer, Husumer Schiffswerft, Jacobs Energie and BWU. Pro and Pro is now seeking firms abroad that may be interested in acquiring a licence to build the MD70 turbine, says Matthias Schubert, managing director. A prototype has been operating at the wind test field Kaiser-Wilhelm-Koog since the start of 1999.

Pro and Pro, based in Rendsburg, was founded in May 1997 by German engineering company Aerodyn Energiesysteme, wind station planning company Regenerative Energien Denker and a company called Dr: Wulf. Pro and Pro guarantees a market for around 100 of the MD70 machines. A MD70 prototype with a blade diameter of 77 metres is to be built next year.

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