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Nordex upgrades AW3000

140-metre version added to platform specifically for low wind conditions

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The Nordex Group has launched a new 140-metre rotor version of its AW3000 turbine platform.

The German manufacturer said the AW140/3000 is optimised specifically for low wind conditions.

The new rotor adds 12% more swept area and increases annual energy production by between 4.5% and 6.5% than the AW132/3000 model, the company said.

The AW140/3000 will be available on 120-metre concrete towers, as well as steel towers with hub heights from 82 to over 100 metres, Nordex added.

A prototype will start operating in mid-2018, with type certification expected in the same year.

Production is scheduled to start in autumn 2018.

Nordex chief sales officer Patxi Landa said: “The AW140/3000 adds to the range of products we have to reduce the cost of energy in the low wind high capacity factor segment typical of certain grid-constrained non-European markets.”

The AW3000 platform also includes the AW116 and AW125 models.

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