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."