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Size and quality of exhibits at AWEA 2002 conference impressive

More than 90 exhibitors spread out across Portland's convention centre hall. But the most striking this year was not the number but the size and quality of the exhibits. Every major turbine manufacturer was present -- with the exception of Germany's Enercon, the world's second largest wind company in terms of sales. Enercon is prevented from selling its turbines in North America by the American patent on variable speed technology, the most recent owner of which is GE Wind. Only Bonus displayed a turbine at Portland -- the company's 1.3 MW machine bound for Energy Northwest's Nine Canyon project. It was the first time the company had sponsored a display at a US conference. Eight other manufacturers had displays. Coming out for the first time at a major event was India's Suzlon Wind Energy Corp, which has a temporary office in Houston. The Wind Turbine Company of Bellevue, Washington, which is testing a prototype 500 kW downwind turbine north of Los Angeles, and GE Wind Energy, sporting the largest booth at the centre of the conference hall. Also present were Spanish Gamesa, Mitsubishi Power Systems, Nordex USA and NEG Micon.

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