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New 6 MW Turbine: Nordex Extends Turbine Fleet For Medium And Low Wind Sites

Hamburg, Germany - Shortly before the start of the WindEnergy trade fair in Hamburg, wind turbine manufacturer Nordex is presenting a new turbine in the Delta4000 series.

For the N175/6.X turbine, Nordex is using the proven technical concepts of the Delta4000 series such as the turbine control system, the flexible rated power and large parts of the nacelle of its sister model N163/6.X, which has already been tested in the field.

Due to the high synergy effects, the development effort could be reduced, and in addition, already tested and existing suppliers and production capacities can be used for the new turbine.

The key feature is the single-piece, newly designed 85.7-metre-long rotor blades. According to Nordex, the N175/6.X will achieve between 7 and 14 percent more yield than its predecessor models, the N163/5.X and N163/6.X, at typical low to medium wind sites. Thanks to the turbine's larger rotor, this additional yield is primarily achieved at times of low wind speeds; in this range, the turbine can produce up to 22 percent more energy than its predecessors, thus benefiting from higher revenues on the electricity exchange during periods of low wind.

The new Nordex N175/6.X turbine is designed for an operating life of 25 years, although up to 35 years can be confirmed depending on the location. At a rated output of 6.22 MW, the maximum noise emission is 106 dB(A).

In May 2022, Nordex had erected its first 6 MW turbine of the type N163/6.X of the Delta4000 series worldwide as scheduled. Series production of the N175/6.X is scheduled for the end of 2024. Among other things, the nacelle will be produced at the company’s German production facility in Rostock.

Nordex half-year figures as expected - full-year forecast confirmed

In connection with the figures for the first half of the year, Nordex had recently confirmed its full-year forecast for 2022 despite declines in sales and earnings. In total, Nordex generated sales of EUR 2.1 billion from January to June 2022 (H1 2021: EUR 2.7 billion). Earnings on an EBITDA basis slipped into the red, reaching a loss of €173.3m, after a profit of €68.4m in the same period last year. Adjusted for the costs of the realignment of production, the loss on an EBITDA basis was EUR 143.7 million. According to Nordex, in addition to the low installation figures, the company felt the indirect effects of the pandemic and the Ukraine war through the distortions in the energy, raw materials and logistics markets.

Looking ahead to the year as a whole, Nordex expects consolidated sales of EUR 5.2 to 5.7 billion and an EBITDA margin of minus four to zero percent. Furthermore, the Nordex Group has confirmed its strategic medium-term target of achieving an EBITDA margin of 8 percent.

Nordex stock is currently trading at EUR 9.3. Compared with the price at the turn of the year, the stock has thus fallen by around 34 percent.

Source: IWR Online, 16 Sep 2022