REpower Systems AG establishes subsidiary for the German wind energy market

REpower Systems AG (WKN 617 703) has established an independent company named REpower Systems GmbH to serve the core wind farm markets in Germany and Austria.

The company will start operations on October 1 and will have its offices at Group headquarters in Hamburg. REpower Systems GmbH will bundle sales, project management and service of onshore wind turbines in Germany and Austria. Around 200 employees in these and other areas will transfer from the AG to the new company.

REpower Systems GmbH is a fully owned subsidiary of REpower Systems AG, the third largest manufacturer of wind turbines on the German market. Its structure is similar to the foreign subsidiaries of the Group. The restructuring is a response to the strong growth of the company and its increasing internationalization.

Andreas Nauen, CEO of REpower Systems AG, underlines the importance of the restructuring: “In our international core markets, we have already established highly effective subsidiaries. We now want to also implement this in the domestic market so that we can consistently follow the course of becoming a truly global corporation and adapt our international organizational structure here in Germany accordingly.” He adds: “The roots of REpower are in Germany – of course, our still promising home market is particularly important for us. With REpower Systems GmbH, we intend to reinforce our position in Germany and Austria on a long term basis.”

Jens Müller-Nielsen will head REpower Systems GmbH as its managing director. Before joining REpower in January 2010, he worked for Jungheinrich AG and JLG Deutschland GmbH. Müller-Nielsen underlines that, “Our customers will retain their familiar contact partners and existing contracts between our customers and REpower Systems AG will be unchanged. What is new is that we can react more flexibly to customer requirements with this bundling of business activities. Shorter decision paths and improved transparency are other advantages.” He adds: “Due to its long-term experience and technologically advanced products, REpower Systems AG has acquired a strong reputation in Germany up to now. We want to continue this success story with REpower Systems GmbH.”

In the period from January to July 2010, REpower installed wind turbines in Germany with a total output of almost 80 megawatts (MW).

HUSUM WindEnergy 2010: REpower presents innovative offshore service concept

REpower Systems AG (WKN 617 703) will present its new concept for the maintenance of future offshore wind farms at this year’s HUSUM WindEnergy. From 2013, the company will use a new, tailor-made jack-up vessel and two further special ships for this purpose. The Hamburg-based wind turbine manufacturer will also present a new variant of the 3.XM series at the trade fair for areas with low wind conditions. For an improved performance the REpower 3.2M114 will be combined with a hybrid tower and offers, with a hub height of 123 meters, an additional energy yield of more than 5% compared with similar turbines.

The new service and maintenance strategy of REpower Systems AG is designed for the offshore wind farms of the future, particularly German farshore wind farms. At the heart of this concept is a jack-up-crane vessel, a hub platform that operates independently in the wind farms.

“Previously, there was practically no mention of how the large offshore wind farms of the future were actually to be operated”, says Andreas Nauen, CEO of REpower Systems AG. “With our concept, we offer a new solution to cope with the very special demands at offshore wind farms.” He also emphasizes the following: “For our customers it is important that we can plan the service assignments and thus the costs. Our new system means that we can continue operating, even in poor weather conditions, and can even replace major components when required, such as generators or rotor blades cost-effectively within a short time.”

REpower is also exhibiting products for onshore wind farm application, including the wind turbine variant 3.2M114 with a rated output of 3.2 megawatts (MW) on a concrete and steel hybrid tower with a hub height of 123 meters. This wind turbine will be presented to the public for the first time in Husum.

Matthias Schubert, CTO of REpower: “In light of the trend for ever more complex locations and lower wind speeds, this turbine offers an additional energy yield of more than 5% compared with similar turbines. We are using our tried-and-tested system here with a double-fed asynchronous generator, gear system and a partial converter, which is certified for all international grid requirements.” A prototype of the 3.2M114 with a hub height of 123 meters is set to be installed at the end of 2011.

REpower will exhibit its entire product portfolio at its two-story booth covering around 450 square meters in Hall 3. Large light boxes will show the MM and 3.XM series, while models of the REpower 5M and 6M offshore wind turbines (scale 1:20) and an open nacelle will be displayed in front of a presentation area for the Belgian offshore project Thornton Bank.