The new production facility of wind turbine manufacturer Lagerwey was officially opened by Ed Nijpels, (Chairman of the Dutch Committee for Assurance of the Energy Agreement) and Aart van de Pol, COO of Lagerwey.

The opening was attended by numerous guests including the crowd funders who financed half of the construction costs of the new facility.

Lagerwey has built the new production facility to meet the increased demand for wind turbines. The current production capacity increases from 25 to 50 wind turbines per year with this new facility.  Increased capacity is available in the future through space for a further extension  next to the new plant.

Larger wind turbines
Apart from the need for additional capacity, there was also a need for a larger and more efficient facility. The new 4.5MW Lagerwey L136 wind turbine simply would not fit through the doors of the old production facility and the components were too heavy to be hoisted with the available cranes.

Aart van de Pol, COO Lagerwey: “This production plant with its facilities suits our ambition to grow as a large player in the wind turbine industry. We are proud that our Dutch technology is in the vanguard of the world-wide wind turbine industry and we hope to produce many more turbines for the domestic and foreign markets.”

Sustainable building
The new production site is “environmentally-friendly” and  is built according to BREEAM. This is an assessment method for determining the sustainability performance of buildings. Using 900 solar panels, a heat recovery unit, a heat pump and water-saving measures, the building is virtually energy neutral and will provide more energy on sunny days then is needed. This has resulted in a BREAAM “Excellent” rating.