Four small wind plant projects using a total of eight LW 50/750 kW turbines from Dutch company Lagerwey Windturbine BV are due to come on line in the next few months in Japan. According to Lagerwey's Marc Pagen, sales of the LW 50/750 mark a real breakthrough in the Japanese market. Last year the company sold just one 80 kW and one 250 kW turbine to customers there. "In Japan you tend to have either huge projects like the Tomen one that Bonus got, or relatively small developments up to about 4 MW," says Pagen, referring to an order for 20 MW placed by Tomen Corp with Denmark's Bonus A/S (Windpower Monthly, December 1998). "The 750 is proving ideal for the smaller projects and we are now fairly prominent in that market, but of course we will also try to net a large project," he adds. Four of the 750 kW model are to go up at Hisai, two at Kohch, one at Kitakata and one at Fukaura for a total of 6 MW installed capacity.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol