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WindHarvester tries again

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British wind turbine manufacturer WindHarvester was forced into receivership in June. Efforts to market the WindHarvester 300 kW -- a development of the Howden wind turbine once marketed by the Scottish Howden group -- have not met with much success, although sales of the WindHarvester 100 kW to farmers and landowners were better. However the long periods between concrete orders caused by the stop/start nature of the government's renewables policy proved too much. "We had potential orders for 15 machines, but they were dependent on NFFO which produces endless delays," says one ex-employee. "A cash-rich company can ride out the troughs but smaller businesses are penalised by the process. In our opinion, while NFFO may be good at stimulating the market for some, it does very little to stimulate any indigenous industry. In fact it has the opposite effect." Moves are now afoot to restart the company.

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