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An unusual visitor to EUWEC '96 was British Nuclear Fuels Ltd (BNFL). Simon Vasey of BNFL's New Business Ventures division was quietly gleaning information on the size of the wind industry and its likely market potential. He said BNFL was looking to diversify into small power plant development of 50 MW or less. "We are experts at selling uneconomic, high tech, environmentally friendly power," he quipped. Vasey envisaged three ways BNFL might become involved: it could try and penetrate the business with complimentary technology, such as flywheel storage, a BNFL area of expertise; it could try and buy a wind turbine company; or it could consider offering wind plant of up to several hundred megawatt as part of a nuclear plant portfolio for a developing country.

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