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Tacke Windpower Inc (TWI), Canadian subsidiary of Tacke Windtechnik of Germany, was scheduled to inaugurate its state of the art blade manufacturing facilities on September 29 in Huron Industrial Park, northwest of London in southern Ontario.

TWI has put Canadian input into the basic Tacke TW 600 design to ensure it can withstand the rigours of a northern climate. Originally it arranged for Diamond Aircraft Industries of London, Ontario, to manufacture the turbine blades for the Canadian version and other Tacke installations. However, "in early spring this year we decided that due to the large volume of blades needed, we would perform the manufacturing of TW 600 blades for our parent company ourselves," says Philipp Andres, TWI Vice President of project development. "Diamond was unable to ramp up production soon enough to meet the large volumes we required. In the process, Helge Wittholtz, formerly vice president of Diamond Aircraft became president of TWI."

Andres says TWI has received an order worth CAN$9.5 million for blades from its German parent. An average of four to five TW 600 units per week have been installed to date in 1995 and this rate is expected to continue until year end.

Delegates to the annual conference of the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), being held October 2-5 in Kincardine, are invited to view TWI's German manufactured Tacke 600, now Canada's largest wind turbine. It was to be erected and unveiled near Ontario Hydro's Bruce Nuclear Power Development adjacent to Kincardine, on October 2. The project was designed to feed power into Hydro's grid.

Ontario Hydro has supplied a loan to TWI and expects to negotiate a long term contract to purchase its power as part of Hydro's renewable energy technologies (RETs) programme (Windpower Monthly, August 1995).

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