The Dutch research institute ECN (Energy research Centre of the Netherlands) has ordered five N80 2.5 MW wind turbines from Nordex for its new test field near Wieringermeer. The project including installation and maintenance for the first five years of operation is worth around EUR 11 million (US$12 million).Hamburg, Germany – April 29, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] The turbines are scheduled to go into operation towards the end of November this year. The necessary road access and preparations for grid connection have already been completed. ECN is one of the leading international research institutes in the wind power segment and is committed to basic research in the interests of encouraging the wide-spread use of environment-friendly wind power. To this end it focusses on large turbines of manufacturers who are willing to cooperate in the research programs of ECN. This was one the key reasons for its decision to order the N80. To date, Nordex has installed 65 of these turbines around the world, including nine in the Netherlands for a joint BP/ChevronTexaco wind farm. ECN will use the turbines for intensive testing in order to support research and development programs. In these programs items as wake efforts, control strategies, energy yield optimization and birds interaction will be addressed. In addition, the electricity produced will be fed into the public grid. Given an average wind speed of 7.6 m/s at an altitude of 80 meters, the five turbines will be able to produce roughly 32 million kilowatt/hours of electricity each year, sufficient to cover the electricity requirements of some 8,000 households.