Export performance criticised

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The German wind industry is being criticised by the Deutsches Windenergie Institut (DEWI) for its poor performance on the export market. In a review of the world market, DEWI compares the domestic and export markets of German and Danish wind turbine manufacturers. Although Germany showed some improvement during the first half of 1998, the Danes remain well ahead, it points out. In 1997, Denmark exported 681.4 MW of its total production of 967.5 MW, or 70% of the wind capacity it manufactured. Germany exported just 9.2% or 53.8 MW of its total production, last year, although the percentage share of the total has increased to 13.1%, or 46 MW during the first six months. DEWI especially takes German manufacturers to task for failing to make significant inroads into its most accessible wind markets -- those in neighbouring European countries like Spain, Britain, Sweden and the Netherlands. DEWI points out that of the 262 MW installed in Spain in 1997, 132.7 MW was delivered from Denmark but not one turbine crossed the border from Germany.

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