In the latest of a series of company takeovers, NEG Micon has added Wind World to its group portfolio. The announcement of the takeover was made August 26. Wind World's gear box expertise and its Optimal Speed Controller (OSC) technology (Windpower Monthly, February 1998) are singled out by NEG Micon as particular reasons for the purchase. NEG Micon describes gearbox production as "one of the most crucial areas of knowledge" and refers to the OSC's ability to enable variable speed operation of wind turbines as a "huge advantage in low wind areas and areas where the grid is weak. OSC makes it possible to connect the turbine at lower wind velocities and the system also reduces the loads on the turbine construction." Geographically the headquarters of the two Danish companies are located less than an hour's drive from one another, but Wind World will continue as an independent company within the Micon group, says NEG Micon. Wind World's turnover for 1998 is estimated at DKK 370 million. The company, founded in 1985 and restructured in 1997, has installed about 1000 wind turbines world wide with a combined capacity of 250 MW. Its product range spans wind turbines from 170 kW to 750 kW. In March this year NEG Micon also bought another Danish company, sub contractor DanControl, only days after it had acquired Britain's Wind Energy Group and Aerolaminates, a rotor blade manufacturer. "It is part of NEG Micon's strategy to possess the essential expertise of the most decisive wind turbine technologies and the takeover of Wind World should be seen as an offensive measure in line with this strategy," says the company.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol