Prokon orders 10 direct-drive PMG units from The Switch

German wind developer Prokon has placed a follow-up order with The Switch, this time for 10 direct-drive permanent-magnet generator units totaling 30MW of capacity.

The generators will be used in Prokon’s own P3000 turbines, which will be installed at onshore wind farms in Germany and Poland.

The deal follows a prior two-unit order Prokon made with the Finnish power-electronics and control-systems manufacturer, with those turbines set for testing at the end of 2012.

The Switch says the orders will bolster Prokon’s plans to “provide full turbine development and manufacturing”.

“Despite the slow market conditions, this order verifies the fact that the wind industry still has strong players with solid financial backing, who believe in modern technology to make a difference with high efficiencies,” says Jukka-Pekka Mäkinen, chief executive of The Switch.

“We worked very closely with Prokon to develop a turbine that would provide an optimum design, as well as being easy to maintain in the field,” Mäkinen says.

Based in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein, Prokon claims to have installed nearly 500MW of wind capacity across Germany and Poland, with another 600MW set to come on line over “the next few years”.