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Vestas Deutschland plans to start series production of the company's new 1.5 MW machine during the coming winter. The first prototype went into operation near Esbjerg in Denmark in February and three further test machines will be installed in the second half of 1996 in three German states, Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony and North Rhine Westfalia, reports the company's Thies Reimers. Another ten to 15 of the 1.5 MW machines will be made during 1997 and will include any modifications deemed necessary after operation of the prototypes.

Singing the praises of the 1.5 MW design, Reimers says its visual impact will be less than that of a wind plant of the same size made up of several smaller units. Not only will it take up less area, but the rotor also turns at a restful speed of just 20 revolutions a minute compared with the 30 rpm of the Vestas 600 kW.

"The future belongs to this third generation of turbines," continues Reimers. "Nevertheless, the 600 kW class will continue to be built by Vestas Deutschland for special locations long after the introduction of the 1.5 MW turbine. This also applies internationally."

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