September 28 (Renewables Now) - German wind turbine maker Enercon GmbH has unveiled the concept for the new machine designed for low to medium wind sites corresponding to IEC wind class S.
The new E-175 EP5 turbine will have a nominal power of 6 MW and a rotor diameter of 175 metres. Other key features include: e-nacelle, a low maintenance direct drive concept, a rotor blade with 86-metre long blades -- Enercon’s longest blades ever -- and hub heights available up to 163 metres with a possibility for site-specific tower variations.
‘The E-175 EP5 features the tried-and-tested ENERCON direct drive and a highly-efficient, yield-optimised permanent magnet generator, making it another attractive option for our customers and an alternative to the gear-based competition,” commented Enercon CCO (Project Management) Frederic Maenhaut.
The turbine maker is presenting the new model at the Hamburg WindEnergy event that is taking place this week. Installation of the prototype is planned for 2023/2024, while the series production would start in 2024, Enercon said.
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