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Nordic Windpower Launches Lower Cost Wind Turbines For US Markets

The Nordic Windpower N1000 turbine.
by Staff Writers
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 08, 2007
Nordic Windpower has released the Nordic N1000 turbine for North American markets, and available in 2008. The turbine is based on a ten-year record of trouble-free operations in Sweden and is the result of a 30-year, $75 million investment in R and D and value-engineering by the Swedish government and European Union.

"Nordic Windpower is excited to launch its global business in North America, the highest-growth area for new wind turbine installations, and in California, a leader in renewable energy," said Mr. Steve Taber, CEO of Nordic Windpower. "Nordic's ground-breaking technology, world-class management team focused on customer service, and significant cost and reliability advantages, will rapidly establish the company as a leader in US and Canadian markets, as well as those in China and India.

"Nordic's innovation, a two-bladed, flexible design, dissipates the force of turbulent wind, preventing the progressive stress that can start with blade-rocking and end in gearbox failure -- the Achilles Heel of rigid turbine technology," Mr. Taber said.

"The cost economy realized in the manufacture, transport and installation of a lighter, simpler turbine is passed on to customers in the low purchase price. Nordic's turbines have operated with unmatched reliability over a decade, even in the harsh conditions in Sweden."

The manufacturing plant location is now being decided, with multiple states seeking to attract the business for economic and leadership reasons.

"The Nordic 1000 turbine's low cost, ease of maintenance and bottom-line cost -- as much as 30% below that of competing equipment -- will attract large developers, community wind projects, and small developers without deep pockets," said Dr. Mike Robinson, Nordic's Director of International Sales and Marketing. "We want to help ensure that all qualified developers can reap the rewards of economical and high-impact wind energy generation."

Dr. Jim Walker, a member of Nordic's Board of Directors, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) President-elect, and 2007 Wind Energy Person of the Year Award-winner, said, "There is no doubt that wind energy is the next mainstream source of power generation in North America and will help us meet our climate change challenges.

"But reaching its full potential depends critically on having access to a growing supply of reliable, efficient, low cost wind turbines, such as Nordic can supply. I am pleased to be advising the company during a tremendous period of growth and global expansion."

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