Megawatt unveiling

DeWind celebrated the "roll-out" of its first 1 MW turbine nacelle on November 6, toasting the health of the new model at a factory floor reception. The unveiling was overseen by Heide Simonis, premier of the land of Schleswig-Holstein. The 1 MW machine then left the workshop destined for a site in North Rhine Westfalia. Wind project planning company Umweltkontor has bought the machine for a wind station in the Eifel region. Installation was planned for late last month.

DeWind has developed the 1 MW variable speed, pitch controlled machine in house. It has a rotor diameter of 62 metres and a 68.5 metre tower. The turbines are built by Krupp Fördertechnik of Lübeck. DeWind says it has plans to develop 2.5 MW and 3 MW machines, expecting them to be ready by 2000.

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