Belgian wind turbine manufacturer Turbowinds NV claims to have further reduced wind power's price/production ratio with the launch of its new active stall 600 kW, T600-48 series. With a minimum rotor diameter of 48 metre, the new model is designed for installation at class II wind sites with wind speeds of 8.5 m/s and is now ready for series production. The first T600-48 has been installed on the outer harbour wall at the Belgian port of Zeebrugge where average annual winds of 8 m/s are estimated to be good for an annual production of 2,300,000 kWh. The company, based in Hasselt, is also busy with the certification of the T600-46, which is suitable for class I wind sites with average winds of 10.5 m/s. Production of the T600-46 is expected to begin shortly. Turbowinds manager Wifried van Melckebeke is confident that with the new design guaranteeing maximum production and quality at the lowest possible price, his company is on the verge of greatly increasing its share of the global wind market.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol