Wind technology exports double in value

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The value of German wind technology exports has more than doubled in the last year, rising to $3 billion in 2005 compared with $1.8 billion in 2004, according to the national wind energy association, the Bundesverband Windenergie (BWE). As much as 65% of all wind equipment made in Germany last year was exported, compared with 50% a year earlier. Total turnover from the manufacture, operation and export of wind turbines in Germany was $5.4 billion in 2005, according to BWE, and is expected to grow to $7.4 billion by 2010 and $10.4 billion by 2015. But there is a risk that as the domestic wind market shrinks, equipment production will move abroad, warns BWE's Peter Ahmels. With jobs in the wind sector expected to rise from 65,000 in 2005 to 100,000 by 2015, failure to maintain the wind market at home would have "an undesirably negative effect on employment," he says.

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