Northern Power Systems expands with new office in Europe

Northern Power Systems, a manufacturer of 100-kW wind turbine systems, is seeing high demand for its product throughout the European continent.

Northern Power Systems Inc. (Barre, Vt., USA), a next-generation wind turbine company and manufacturer of the Northwind 100 (100-kW turbine), has announced its expanded presence in Europe. To strengthen its commitment and better support its customers, Northern Power Systems has appointed Reinout Oussoren as European managing director and has opened its European headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.

Oussoren brings more than 20 years of commercial and operational leadership experience to Northern Power, most recently with GE Energy. He will manage strategy, business development, sales, applications engineering and a growing network of premier development partners.

“Northern Power has an enormous opportunity to place its next-generation 100-kW turbines across Europe in numerous distributed generation applications,” said Oussoren. “I am extremely pleased to join the company and lead the establishment of a rapidly growing European sales and support organization.”

"As Northern accelerates its growth in Europe and builds a strong sales and support organization, it is critical that we have world-class leadership on the ground in Europe," said John P. Danner, president and CEO of Northern Power Systems. "We could not be more excited to have a professional of Mr. Oussoren’s caliber join our team."

Prior to establishing its European office, Northern Power Systems had already booked over €5 million ($7.28 million USD) in orders for its 100-kW turbines across Europe for applications that vary in size and need. For example, turbines in the United Kingdom are being installed at sites that include schools, hospitals and municipal facilities. In Italy, turbines have been purchased singly and in pairs by independent power developers to take advantage of the €0.30 ($0.44 USD) per kWh Feed-In-Tariff (FIT), which is limited to installations up to 200 kW.

The Northwind 100 has a permanent magnet direct drive (PMDD) design that reportedly ensures higher energy capture, delivers “grid-friendly” power quality and dramatically reduces maintenance.