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European Wind Repowering Continues to Gather Pace

A series of orders for repowering wind projects have been announced in Europe, providing more evidence of a growing trend.

KGE Windpark Schipkau Nord GmbH & Co. KG has ordered 19 Vestas V112-3.3-MW turbines, with an option for another eight turbines, for wind power plant in Brandenburg.

One of the largest repowering projects in Germany, turbine delivery is planned to begin in the second half of 2014 with commissioning expected completed in the first quarter of 2015.

The contract includes supply, installation and commissioning of the turbines, along with a SCADA solution and a 15-year full-scope service agreement.

Meanwhile, Vattenfall says it is now replacing the 35 wind turbines which make up the Danish onshore wind farm Klim in northwestern Jutland.

The existing turbines, which have been in operation for 18 years, will be replaced by 22 direct drive turbines from Siemens rated at 3.2 MW each, delivering a combined capacity of 70.4 MW.

The project is Vattenfall’s largest repowering project in the Nordic region to date and the machines will be fully installed during 2015.

The existing 600 kW turbines will be dismantled and sold to a company to be renovated, after which they will be exported to, among other countries, Italy and Ireland.

Elsewhere in Denmark’s Jutland, Vestas has announced that the first V110-2.0 MW prototype has been installed and commissioned, ready for testing ahead of serial delivery in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Installed at a test site in Høvsøre, on the west coast of Jutland, Denmark the turbine will undergo an extensive test and verification programme to ensure reliability before full scale production commences prior to the first deliveries at the end of the year.

The V110-2.0 MW features a larger rotor using 55 metre blades and the turbine is optimised for production on low wind sites.

Lead image: Wind turbine via Shutterstock

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