Glasgow-based Gaia-Wind set to double exports after gaining entry to rising Japanese renewables market


A Gaia Wind turbine
A Gaia Wind turbine

Glasgow-based wind turbine manufacturer Gaia-Wind has achieved Japanese certification for its GW 133 turbine, allowing it to enter the booming renewables market in that country.

Similar to the UK MCS scheme, this achievement allows Gaia-Wind turbines to attract the Japanese Feed in Tariff (FiT), vital to the economics of farm-scale wind. 

Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) provided the rigorous technical certification process which validates the quality of the engineering, design and power performance of the GW 133 turbine system. 

Under the scheme, small wind turbine systems with an output of less than 20kW that comply with the provisions of JIS C 1400-2 are eligible for the Japanese FiT, whereby all the electric power supplied to Japan’s power grid will be bought by the participating electrical power company at JPY 55/kWh for 20 years.

Johnnie Andringa, Chief Executive, Gaia-Wind, said:

“With the most attractive feed-in tariff in the world and a market size 1.6 times that of the UK, Japan will enable us to double our sales in 2015.

“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.”

The success in Japan comes at a time when Gaia-Wind has – in response to a very challenging UK market for farm scale turbines – stepped up its export drive.

 Andringa added:” Our export-focussed strategy has not only allowed us to increase sales overall by a projected 90% over 2013 but has enabled us to open or increase sales in, other markets including Italy, Denmark, the US, Australia, France and Israel.

“And – at more than 16,000 kilometres from our Glasgow manufacturing base – our turbine installation in Tonga sets the distance record for a Gaia-Wind export order.

Almost 1,000 Gaia-Wind turbines have been “in the ground” for a combined operational time of more than 15 million hours, while in Denmark, almost 100 of our Gaia-Wind turbines have been running for more than 10 years.”

Designed in Denmark and manufactured in Scotland to operate in moderate wind-speed areas, G-W 133 turbines have been installed in more than 500 sites worldwide.

Andringa said: “Similar in size to a large tree, our wind turbines are ideally suited for working farms, businesses, rural properties, and community projects.”

These sales have led to Gaia-Wind being shortlisted for exports success in next month’s Scottish Green Energy Awards.

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