Seewind Energiesysteme of Walzbachtal announces it will install a 750 kW gearless prototype turbine in September, moving into series production from mid 1996. The federal research ministry has promised to support development of the unit, along with the Baden Wuerttemberg state government, says the company. Seewind's Gerd Seel, who for 15 years was engaged in the erection of television towers, says there is no problem developing an easy installation system for large turbines where this is necessary. Seewind expects to find a good market in inland Germany, especially in North Rhine Westfalia where around 120 local governments have decided to pay the full cost of renewables power following a ruling by the state's electricity pricing authority that electricity prices may be raised to pay premium rates for clean power (Windpower Monthly, April 1995. "For example, Gutersloh is prepared to pay DEM 0.35/kWh for 15 years," says Seel.
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