15 June 2017 2017 02:00 PM GMT

Nordex Scores Triple Win In France, Also Installs Largest Turbine To Date

The Nordex Group has been awarded three new contracts covering a total capacity of 36 megawatts in France. Different project developers and power station operators have placed orders for the installation of a total of 13 N131/3000, N117/3000 and N117/2400 turbines. Work on the wind farms is to commence this year.

The company will be installing its N131/3000 turbine in France for the first time. With a rotor diameter of 131 metres, it will be the largest turbine installed in France to date. The turbine will be able to generate large energy yields even in light wind regions and fits perfectly to the site conditions thanks to its very low acoustic output levels. With an installed capacity of over 1.7 GW, Nordex is one of the market leaders in France, servicing its customers’ wind power systems via a dense network of 15 service stations.

The Group has installed wind power capacity of around 21 GW in over 25 markets, generating sales of EUR 3.4 billion in 2016. It currently has more than 5,000 employees. The production network comprises plants in Germany, Spain, Brazil, the United States and India. The product range primarily concentrates on onshore turbines in the 1.5 – 3.9 MW class addressing the requirements of developed as well as emerging markets.

Nordex was launched in 1985, before the international demand for wind turbines increased in the first half of the nineties. From the outset, the company focused on large, powerful turbines. In just two years, the company installed the largest series wind turbine in the world at the time.

Presently, it is represented with offices and subsidiaries in more than 20 countries. This supports its strategy of consistently seizing development opportunities in a market which will continue growing over the course of the next few years. Nordex SE is a management holding company with its headquarters in Rostock. The domicile of the board and administration is Hamburg. Nordex SE’s task is to control and coordinate the activities of the subsidiaries Nordex Energy GmbH, Nordex Energy B.V. and Acciona Windpower.

Image: Courtesy of Nordex SE

June 23rd 2017
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Wind Power Can Provide Energy On Coldest Days: Met Office, Imperial College

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June 16th 2017
New BNEF Report Highlights A Massive Shift to Wind And Solar, While Coal Fades

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