Swedish company to supply twin-blade turbines for 100 MW in Inner Mongolia

After at least two previous lives as a mostly R&D entity, Sweden's Deltawind has secured an initial order worth SEK 260 million (EUR 27.7 million) to provide its twin-blade wind turbines for a planned 100 MW wind farm in Inner Mongolia. Deltawind has joined with CPI Yuanda, a subsidiary of China Power, to supply Fuhui Wind Power with turbines for a 12 MW project that is scheduled to break ground this year and be completed in 2007. Eventually Fuhui hopes to build up to 100 MW of capacity at the site, 800 kilometres northwest of Beijing. China is aiming to put 30,000 MW of wind power online by 2020, up from today's 1260 MW. Deltawind's 1 MW twin-blade turbine models have been tested on Sweden's windy Baltic isle of Gotland. A 3 MW version is in development. Deltawind's CEO Urban Joelsson describes the company's technology as a "soft" concept, "designed to absorb all the negative forces of wind in a soft manner." In spite of the fact that two blades are cheaper than three, Joelsson says the company is considering producing a three-blade version of its designs. Deltawind will divide manufacture of its turbines between Sweden and China. "For me it's not so much about three blades or two, my notion is to build power plants giving customers the best available figures at the lowest price," he says. Deltawind also has obtained initial permits to build its own 30 MW wind farm in Sweden's province of Dalarna.

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