The first 2 MW NEG Micon wind turbine to go up on British soil is being installed on Orkney to the far north of Scotland. The NM 2000, the model the Danish company is offering for offshore use, is being tested in the island's extreme weather conditions. The site at Burgar Hill experiences an annual mean wind speed of 11 metres a second. One of the biggest cranes in Europe will be needed to install the turbine, which has a hub height of 60 m and a rotor diameter of 72 m. According to Peter Hunter from NEG Micon, the company also plans to test its 1.5 MW machine-the NM 1500-at the site. Planning consent was granted for the two turbines in early summer and work has already begun on preparing an access road and foundations. Hunter expects the machines to be operational by the turn of the year.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol