Saturday, April 23, 2005

Wind Energy Japan: Vestas Eyes Offshore Future

While it sees the Japanese mainland as a challenge due to the country's dense population, Danish wind turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems A/S is hoping to put some puff into its sales with offshore installations, the company's president said.

Svend Sigaard, president and chief executive officer of the world's largest wind turbine manufacturer, spoke to The Daily Yomiuri at 2005 World Exposition Aichi, where the company is exhibiting at the Nordic Pavilion.

"Japan is a densely populated country, and that makes the Japanese market more difficult compared with other markets. If we utilize the possibilities of nearshore installations or even offshore installations in the future, that will give us the possibility of continued use of wind energy.

If we go offshore, it's more expensive because the construction of foundations is expensive. But often the wind is stronger offshore, and that can offset the higher costs.

We're getting more and more competitive with our equipment. The price--if you measure it per kilowatt-hour produced--is going lower, due to the fact that turbines are getting more efficient. So we're creating increased interest in wind energy.

If you compare it to other renewable energy sources, wind is by far the most competitive today. If we're able to utilize sites close to the sea or at sea with good wind machines, then the price per kilowatt-hour is competitive against other sources of energy. "

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Blogger Thomas said...

I can imagine that it does cost a lot to build off the mainland. But isnt the production of any energy plant expensive. Dont energy companies basically get subsidies from governments to build plants. I had heard that if we re-structure the way wind energy is financed, then the benefits would very much exceed the costs.

10:45 am, May 14, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As the price of oil increases, I think that Vesta will find the Japanese government more agreeable and supportive to deal with because the Japanese are no slouches when it comes to energy. The government should be willing to assist Vesta because it is to the interest of the Japanese people that they not have to be subserviant to others when it comes to energy. They know very well that they cannot be tied down to increasing oil prices because their entire economy will be at risk. They must be willing to break free, to invest in technology that will serve them in the future, not just now. Even the prime minister is taking off his tie to establish a new dress code so that office air conditioners would not have to be set too low. Japan's land space is most valuable and with plentiful wind in the ocean, they are smart enough to know that offshore energy is there for the taking. The Japanese would demonstrate great wisdom and the government great responsibility upon backing and promoting this venture.
Adrian Akau
Pahala, Hawaii

12:12 pm, June 14, 2005  
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