DeWind Technik of Lübeck has installed its first 500 kW turbine at a site near Neustadt. The plant is owned by a DeWind subsidiary, Windhouse, and supplies the local municipal utility, Stadwerke Neustadt. The variable speed, pitch controlled unit, with a 41 metre rotor diameter, was due to be inaugurated on August 3. The second 500 kW DeWind 41 machine, bought by a farmer, is to be installed in Sauerland this month. The power will be fed into the grid of utility VEW Energie. DeWind is relatively new to the wind scene. The company was set up in August 1995 by a group of ex- Ventis employees after Ventis ran into serious financial trouble. DeWind turbines are built by its co-operation partner, the Lübeck branch of mechanical engineering company, Krupp Fördertechnik of Essen. In November, DeWind will install the first version of its inland 500 kW machine with larger blades (46 metre rotor) using the Concycle generator system (see previous story).
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