The Nordex Group’s German business is continuing to grow in the light wind sector. In the first few weeks of the year, it gained a total of 84 MW in new orders for its N117/2400 wind turbine. Most of these projects had previously been conditional order backlog, which entailed around 300 MW at the end of 2012 in Germany alone and are now firm as funding commitments have been received. This involves a total of 35 turbines for ten wind farms.
The customers include Abowind AG, WSB, Planet Energy GmbH (Greenpeace), Green City Energy and other citizen wind farms. To make best use of low-wind locations, Nordex is mostly installing the N117/2400, which has been specially developed for such wind sites, on top of hybrid towers with a height of 141m. All projects will be executed from summer 2013 onwards for completion in the course of the year.
“With the N117/2400 in particular, we are making an important contribution to keeping the costs of the renewable energy policy – the ‘energiewende’ – in Germany in check. Turbines with a high capacity factor of almost 40% mean that non-coastal locations are economically viable, obviating the need for costly and time-consuming grid extensions as they can be installed close to where the electricity which they produce will be consumed. I am pleased that we have received these contracts so early in the year as discussion of possible changes to the tariffs has caused unnecessary uncertainty in the German market. This is despite the fact that politicians tend to say more in election campaigns than they ultimately end up doing,” says Lars Bondo Krogsgaard, Chief Customer Officer at Nordex SE. Since launch of series production in Summer 2012, Nordex has installed about 60 turbines.