A 1 MW wind turbine prototype has been designed by a newcomer to the wind sector, Pohjolan Voima (PVO), a large commercial Finnish power producer. The initiative was led by PVO's engineering arm, PVO Engineering Ltd. The turbine, WWD-1, will have a one-stage planetary gear and variable speed, permanent magnet generator. All the main components except the blades are made in Finland. ABB Industry in Helsinki will deliver the generator and the gear box is coming from Santasalo GearsEUR formerly Valmet Power Transmission Inc (Windpower Monthly, February 2000). The rotor diameter will be 56 metres. The first prototype has been bought by a Finnish municipal utility, Oulun Energia, and will be installed at Oulu on the northwest coast at the beginning of next year. A new company, WinWinD, was founded to engineer, build and sell the turbine.
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