Enercon GmbH has installed a prototype of the E-160 EP5 wind turbine at the Wieringermeer wind energy test site in the Netherlands.
The new machine has 4.6 MW of nominal capacity and the largest rotor diameter in Enercon’s product offering, the German turbine maker said.
Designed for low wind conditions, the turbine will generate an energy yield of more than 19,615 MWh per year at site with an annual average wind speed of 7.5m/s at hub height. The E-160 EP5 prototype was built on a modular steel tower with a hub height of 120 metres.
The new turbine rounds up Enercon’s EP5 platform following the E-147 EP5 for medium winds and the E-136 EP5 for strong wind sites.
Enercon also announced it is already developing the 5.5-MW version of the new turbine, the E-160 EP5 E2, which will be capable of generating more than 21,534 MWh per year under the same site conditions specified for the E1 variant.
The E2 prototype’s installation is scheduled for the end of 2020, Enercon said.
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