Ventis of Braunschweig is developing wind turbines at both ends of the size range: a 500 kW, two bladed pitch controlled turbine, the V12; and a robust 5 kW stand-alone turbine with battery back-up for export to developing countries. The 500 kW machine is based on nearly five years of experience with the V20/100 kW turbine. The V12 prototype, using German Aerodyn blades, will be installed in early September at the test field operated by DEWI, the German wind institute at Wilhelmshaven. Two orders for the 500 kW have already been placed. One is to go to India and the other to Egypt. At the same time a second prototype is being developed with an east German company, Nordwind, set up in Neubrandenburg in 1993 to take advantage of the advantageous business climate created in eastern Germany. Contracts have been signed for 30 of the Nordwind 500 kW. The 5 kW plant will be on the market from August. In mid May contracts were also signed to supply ten 100 kW turbines to Argentina in 1995, with the support of the Eldorado programme.
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