Gaia-Wind – the Scottish based small-wind turbine manufacturer – has established its own local subsidiary company in Japan.
Initially focused on sales and marketing of the world class GW133 turbine, the company has now achieved the Japanese Class NK certification for its turbines, and is already looking to develop more partnerships in Japan.
Johnnie Andringa, Chief Executive of Glasgow-based Gaia-Wind said: “At a time when UK policies have only increased the importance of developing exports, we are delighted to have established a local subsidiary in this most important market.
“With the most attractive feed in tariff in the world and a market 1½ times the size of the UK, Japan will enable us to double our sales in 2016.
“This will create more job opportunities and underpin our contribution to the UK renewable energy sector, while reducing our exposure to the UK domestic market to around 15% of our total sales.
“Based on our accrued experience in market deployment and the market size we expect, in time, to be supplying hundreds of turbines to Japan on an annual basis.”
The company has achieved the Japanese ClassNK certification for its GW133 Turbine. This allows Gaia-Wind turbines to attract the Japanese Feed in Tariff (FiT), vital to the economics of farm scale wind. Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) provides the rigorous, technical certification process which validates the quality of the engineering, design and power performance of the GW 133 turbine system.
Green-Power Corporation, based in Tokyo, is the first partner appointed to help deliver distributed wind to the Japanese market and the company is also looking to develop a long term commercial relationship with e.g. NYK Trading and Kitakodensha, both Mitsubishi Group Companies and others.
The Consul-General of Japan, Mr Kitaoka, said: “I was very pleased and encouraged by the prospect of the proliferation of their products in Hokkaido; I am now very much convinced this project shall succeed in the near future.
“I am keen to see these Scottish wind turbines giving power to the future of Japan, for which, the conversion from atomic power to renewable energy is a must after the Tsunami disaster in 2011.”