March 9 (Renewables Now) - Austrian wind power producer Windkraft Simonsfeld AG has initiated a repowering of its 4.62-MW Hipples wind park in Lower Austria, it said on Wednesday.
The company will this year replace the current equipment of the plant with two 100-metre-high (328-ft) MM100 turbines of the 2-MW class, to be supplied by Germany’s Senvion SA (ETR:SEN). The existing wind farm consists of seven Vestas V47 turbines of 660 kV each, which have been generating power since 2000.
Foundation works under the repowering are planned to begin in April, with construction of the facilities to be carried out late this summer. The Austrian firm expects the new turbines to generate roughly 11 million kWh of electricity in an average wind year, or 2 million kWh more than the old machines combined.
Windkraft Simonsfeld has already kicked off dismantling of five of the seven Vestas turbines, while the last two machines will remain at the site and produce electricity until the autumn. The old equipment was sold to an international assembly company for used wind turbines, Windkraft Simonsfeld said.