Wind Wire: China - Export figures on the rise

Chinese wind turbine producers exported 20 turbines totalling 28.75MW to the world market in 2009, says Qin Haiyan, secretary general of the China Wind Energy Association.

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"In the future, turbine exports will account for more than 30% of our total sales," says Han Junliang, board chairman of Sinovel. In 2009, Sinovel exported 10 of its 1.5MW doubly-fed asynchronous turbines to projects in India. Goldwind exported three of its 1.5MW turbines to the US. These came online in December. Shanghai Electric exported five of its machines to the UK. It also exported two 1.25MW turbines to wind power plants in Thailand in May. Changqian Xinyu, in east China's Jiangsu province, exported one 1.5MW turbine to the US in August and one to Thailand in February. Figures compiled by leading research consultancy Make found Chinese companies were already among the world's top turbine manufacturers in terms of market share. The Chinese manufacturers Sinovel and Goldwind took third and fifth positions respectively. Sinovel's market share has risen from 5% to 9% between 2008 and 2009 while Goldwind's has increased from 4% to just over 7% over the same period.

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