A second NedWind 50 unit began operation last month and is the first 1 MW wind turbine in the Netherlands to generate electricity commercially. Project developer is WEOM, an offspring of NedWind, and output is sold to distribution utility PEN. If all goes well the turbine will produce 2.3 million kWh a year, enough power for 870 households. The turbine has been installed on the (shortened) tower once used by the Newecs 45 experimental 1 MW turbine at Medemblik. The blades for the 52.6 metere rotor (photo) have been made by RotorLine. The first NedWind 50 has been running since February 1994 with 1.3 million kWh clocked between October 1994 and May 1995 and an average availability of 96%. NedWind guarantees an avarage availability of 95% for its second NedWind 50.
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