New megawatt design for export market

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With an eye to the export market, German turbine manufacturer DeWind expects to install its first three megawatt size turbines in the last three months of the year. Two versions of the DeWind megawatt design have been developed: a 1 MW, 62 m machine and 1.25 MW, 60 m unit for high wind regimes. A 1 MW machine will be installed in the Eifel area of North Rhine Westfalia (NRW) in October and a second near Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein, in December. The 1.25 MW prototype will be installed at the wind test station Grevenbroich in NRW in November. The new DeWind turbines are the first pitch controlled variable speed machines of this size designed to fit into a shipping container, says Hugo Schippmann of DeWind. "We aim to make massive inroads into the export market in 1999. As transport costs for large turbines are exorbitant it was important to do something about this," he adds. Abroad, DeWind has set up trading partnerships withTurkish company Elit in Ankara and Japanese Iwanti Corporation in Tokyo. A 600 kW turbine will be delivered to Japan this year for installation in Akita as a demonstration project. In addition, four 600 kW machines will be installed in Luxembourg, to be followed by projects in Ireland and Spain, Schippmann says. Meanwhile, A 600 kW DeWind turbine is running at the Grevenbroich wind test field for certification. "Many countries demand this certification now," says Schippmann. Twenty-six of the 600 kW unit are already operating in Germany, installed since October 1997, and another 40 are planned before the end of 1998.

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