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The European Commission has supported the development and demonstration projects within the field of large wind turbines for more than ten years.

Against this background the Commission launched a comprehensive study to investigate the economic potential of advanced large wind turbines including the experiences from the WEGA-I action a well as the achievements in the commercial wind turbine development. The encouraging results of this work prompted the Commission to initiate the development of a second generation of large wind turbines, named WEGA-II.

This second programme involved major industries in the field. Five completely new prototypes of large horizontal-axis turbines have been developed in the time frame 1993 to 1996, and have been tested since the beginning of 1996. A key-element within the WEGA-II programme was a joint "Scientific Measurement and Evaluation Project". This "Synopsis Report" has been compiled by the project coordinator ELSAMPROJEKT, Denmark and ETAPLAN, Germany within the frame of the evaluation action and presents the essential results of the WEGA-II programme.

The WEGA-II programme obviously has initiated a large industrial development. Wind turbines in the power range of 1 to 1.5 MW have now reached the commercial goal. This has been achieved mainly by the advanced design resulting in much lower component weights and therefore competitive manufacturing costs. This development marks a real break-through into a new phase of wind energy exploitation.

Additional information

Authors: DG-Research Preserving The Ecosystem,
Bibliographic Reference: EUR: 19399 (2000) 305pp, Euro: 47.50
Availability: Available from the European Commission, DG XII Communication Unit, rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE) Tel: +32-2-2950001 Fax:+32-2-2958220 email:
ISBN: ISBN 92-894-0034-X
Record Number: 200012993 / Last updated on: 2000-12-22
Original language: en
Available languages: en