Busy EWEC exhibition but small compared with wind trade fairs

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Only three wind turbine nacelles were on display at EWEC -- all from Spanish companies -- compared to up to nine at previous wind fairs in Spain. "More room for doing business," commented Beatriz Perez of manufacturer NEG Micon. Spanish manufacturer Ecotècnia presented the low wind speed version of its 1650 kW machine. The revamp has an extended rotor span of 80 metres, six metres wider than the medium-speed version. Izar, manufacturer of Danish Bonus technology in Spain, showed a gleaming 1.3 MW nacelle fresh from its new wind factory in Ferrol, the company's second. On a gloomier note, Made Tecnologías stoically displayed its 800 kW machine. The company was recently sold by its parent, utility Endesa, to competitor Gamesa. "Made's a fine company. Even after going on sale we clinched contracts for 150 MW," said the company's Felipe Sánchez. Some cheer was brought to the stand not only by Made's draft beer tap but also by news of an imminent deal with Gamesa to secure jobs at Made.

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