The wind turbine company Mervento’s pilot turbine was inaugurated in the Öjen area in Vaasa, Finland. The turbine, designed for average winds, produces electricity when the wind is blowing at 4–25 metres per second. The 125-metre-high wind turbine, Finland’s largest, is the first of its kind, designed specifically for cold conditions.
Mervento’s 3.6-118 wind turbine is first undergoing start-up testing and is producing electricity for the grid sporadically. The turbine is expected to be ready to go on stream at the end of April, when it will be handed over to the wind electricity company Wasa Wind.
Mervento plans to manufacture its next wind turbines during 2013 and aims to fund its activities by selling turbine manufacturing licences on the international markets, such as to China and South Korea.
According to the newspaper Kaleva, wind power construction has taken off again in Finland following last year’s slump. Estimates indicate that wind power production may even double over the next year.
A significant number of new wind turbines will be constructed in Finland in the course of this year. Finland’s eight highest wind turbines will be built in Ii in northern Finland, and the country’s first inland wind farm will be constructed in Tervola, also in the north. Plans to build wind power in Muonio, Tornio and Kemijärvi are also in the pipeline. Additionally, six wind turbines have been constructed in the municipality of Simo, producing enough electricity for 20,000 flats and increasing the country’s wind power capacity by almost a tenth.