New megawatt unit development from Fuhrländer

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German wind turbine manufacturer Fuhrländer has been busy with megawatt-class turbine development, the company reports. In April it opened production facilities for its FL1 MW machine in a newly-leased workshop formerly occupied by a supplier to the company. Meanwhile, work continues on a new 2200 square metre production facility for the MD70 1.5 MW and FL1 MW machines, which is expected to be ready this summer. The company will then have increased its production fourfold over the last three years. Fuhrländer expects to install the prototype of a 2.5 MW turbine in 2002. This will not be a machine built under licence like the MD70, which was designed by Pro and Pro. "This time we are developing the 2.5 MW unit ourselves so that we can later sell licences for it if we choose. The number of turbine manufacturers around the world is small. Licences are valuable," says company head Joachim Fuhrländer. His company has no current ambitions to develop an offshore machine, he adds. Fuhrländer's 2000 turnover was about DEM 52 million (EUR 26.6 million), an increase from DEM 36 million in 1999. This year it expects to reach DEM 125 million from installations totalling about 55 MW, 60% of which will be installed at home and 40% abroad.

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