EU Energy, an alternative energy company based in the UK, is entering the US market with the latest model of its DeWind 2 MW turbine through a 500 MW framework deal with NorthWinds Advisors of New York. The deal, to roll from next year, provides NorthWinds with a three-year window to buy 250 of DeWind's D8.2 turbines for yet-to-be-announced projects. The predecessor of the D8.2, the D8, was introduced on the European market in 2002. The new model makes use of a synchronous generator that connects directly to the grid. "We're pretty excited about launching the D8.2 in the US market," says EU Energy's Andy Lockhart. "We have a record of no gearbox failures in more than five years." EU Energy, which acquired the German-based DeWind last year, intends to establish turbine assembly plants in North America. "One facility is likely to be in eastern Canada and another in the US Midwest," says Lockhart. "But we haven't made final decisions yet. We're down to a short list of locations and expect to make further announcements in the near future." DeWind has been involved in the wind industry since 1995 and has produced more than 500 turbines, most of which operate in Germany. NorthWinds, based in New York, is a financial advisory firm that manages 180 MW of third-party wind capacity.
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