PROKON and The Switch sign major direct-drive 3 MW PMG and full-power converter deal
PROKON placed another order with The Switch for 10 units of direct-drive 3 MW permanent magnet generator (PMG) and full-power converters (FPC). This contract follows a previous one for 2 direct-drive prototypes in the same class that will be ready for testing by the end of 2012. These orders strengthen PROKON's position as a single-source power park provider.
The latest deal with The Switch allows PROKON to further support its plans to provide full turbine development and manufacturing. The fully optimized The Switch PMG and FPC packages to be used in PROKON's P 3000 turbines enable the company's wind parks to get the highest annual energy production.
Carsten Rodbertus, Managing Director of PROKON Regenerative Energien GmbH, says PROKON appreciates the open and productive cooperation with The Switch. "We value the fact that things are discussed openly, leading to good collaboration," he says. "Thus, we have been pleased with the experience we've had with The Switch on the development of the prototypes."
The PROKON P 3000 turbines will be used only at the company's own wind parks, which will be built in Germany and Finland. The optimized drive train packages enable PROKON to move quickly from the start with preferred permanent magnet technology for reliability, maximized yields and high-quality power that matches the strictest international grid codes, including the German BDEW 2008.
"We're really pleased to continue collaboration with PROKON on these direct-drive turbines based on PMG technology. Despite the slow market conditions, this order verifies the fact that the wind industry still has strong players with solid financial backing who believe in modern technology to make a difference with high efficiencies. These are the companies who are positioned to take the wind industry to the next level by being a highly competitive source of quality electricity," says Jukka-Pekka Mäkinen, President and CEO of The Switch.