Areva mulls German test for 8MW

A rendering of Areva's 8MW turbine

A rendering of Areva's 8MW turbine

Areva Wind and local developer Energiekontor may install a prototype of Areva’s 8MW offshore turbine in the municipality of Drochtersen in northern Germany – local politics permitting.

“We are in talks with Areva and municipalities about the implementation of such a project,” an Energiekontor official told Recharge.

“But those are preliminary, no decision has been taken yet.”

Areva, which manufactures turbine blades in nearby Stade, had no comment on the matter.

Areva’s 8MW model on the drawing-board has a rotor diameter approaching 190 metres, with 90-metre-long blades powering a medium-speed geared drive-train, and permanent magnet generator concept "extrapolated" from the technologies used on its 5MW M5000 series machines.

The M5000 is already in service on two offshore wind farms off Log in to read complete article.

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