Nordex to equip 72MW 'Google plant'

Germany’s Nordex will supply turbines to the 72MW Swedish wind farm that is the subject of a power-purchase deal with web giant Google, it emerged today.

Nordex will deliver 24 of its newly-launched 3MW N117/3000 machines to the Maevaara wind project in the Arctic region of northern Sweden, which is being developed by local group O2 and will be owned by German insurer Allianz.

Yesterday Google announced that it has agreed to buy all the output from Maevaara for 10 years to supply its Finnish data centre with renewable power.

The Maevaara plant will be built 100km inside the Arctic Circle, near the town of Pajala.

Nordex said the deal is the first large-scale project for the N117/3000, which was launched in February as one of its new ‘Delta’ turbines aimed at medium- and high-wind sites in Europe.

The turbines – which will have 120-metre hub heights – will be cold-climate versions equipped to withstand long periods of frost and temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees C.

Turbine delivery is scheduled for summer 2014. Google said yesterday it expects the project to be finished in early 2015.