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The first of a new design of lightweight wind turbine by the Wind Energy Group has been installed at the Centre for Alternative Technology at Machynlleth in Wales. The 600 kW machine is being commissioned and is expected to be fully operational in just a few weeks, says WEG's David Leivesley.

The company's future hopes are pinned on the new turbine which is a radical departure from WEG's traditional two bladed, pitch regulated machines. Instead, the MS4-600 is a three bladed downwind, stall regulated turbine with new flexible technology and a compliant tower. The tower and nacelle can be winched into place, so large cranes will not be needed for installation or maintenance.

The site, which is on farmland adjacent to the centre, was provided by CAT. "We wanted to place the machine in an area which had a good strong wind regime, so that it is a really testing environment," explains Leivesley. The turbine has a NFFO-3 premium priced power purchase contract for its output. Revenues from its operation will be shared between WEG and CAT.

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