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Enercon GmbH is making inroads into the Japanese market with an order for two 280 kW units for the country's first wind-diesel hybrid system. The turbines will be installed in April for utility Okinawa Electric Power Station Co on the Tarama and Hateruma islands in Okinawa.

"As these hybrid systems are expected to give good results, we see a very good market in Okinawa," says Kazumi Mitsui from the wind and solar division of Hitachi Engineering & Services Co, Enercon's Japanese agent since May 1997.

Enercon has sold eight turbines in Japan so far, including two 280 kW turbines to Maezue village in Oita prefecture. A 230 kW turbine was delivered to Daito city in Shizuoka in November and another 230 kW turbine will be delivered to Suttsu in Hokkaido in March. Hitachi has secured more orders for Enercon, but Mitsui declines to disclose details.

Hitachi has represented other wind companies in Japan, winning a bid to install four turbines for Okinawa Electric: two from Enercon at 500 kW and 280 kW, one Vestas 600 kW and a Wind World 170 kW.

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