Nordex announces 6 MW direct-drive turbine

Nordex CEO Thomas Richterich said the developments on the US market were to blame for the deterioration in the outlook. The market has plummeted by 50 % this year. The total new installations in 2010 will reach only 4,500 to 5,000 MW instead of the previous year's level of 10,000 MW. Industrial production in the US and thus the electricity price had declined drastically, resulting in a dramatic drop in wind turbine prices. Two years ago, 10 US-ct had been paid per kWh of wind power, but now prices are sometimes as low as 4 US-ct/kWh.

The company has just opened a new factory in Jonesborough, Tennessee. For 2010, Nordex is proceeding on the assumption of 20 new installations in the USA. For next year, the forecast of 140 turbines is being maintained despite all the difficulties.

The activities on the Chinese market could not compensate for the decline, said Richterich: "China has grown by 20 percent this year, but international market participants still have a hard time doing business there. Four years ago, foreign manufacturers had 70 percent of the market, but today their share is less than 20 percent because there are a multitude of Chinese manufacturers now."

In December, Nordex will move its headquarters from Norderstedt to Hamburg. Richterich explained this step by saying that the old headquarters had become too small and that the Hanseatic City of Hamburg is turning into a centre for wind power. The straight-line distance between the old and the new headquarters is only 800 m.

For 2012 the manufacturer has announced the development of a 6 MW direct-drive turbine. The company plans to install 70 turbines of this type in the wind farm Arcadis off the island of Rügen in 2014/15. Previously, Nordex had specified the total capacity of this farm at 300 MW for 70 turbines, meaning that each of them would have had a capacity of just a little over 4 MW. According to company spokesman Felix Losada, Nordex also wants to realize a 4 MW turbine with a gearbox by 2014.

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