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
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.