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Windmill maker Britwind sells £1m of turbines to Japan

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Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 18 January 2017 8:51

Windmill maker Britwind sells £1m of turbines to Japan

A favourable wind is turning the wheels of industry and generating exports at a little-known manufacturer of turbines based in Stroud.

Britwind, a subsidiary of green electricity business and major Stroud employer Ecotricity, has laid claim to being the country’s “leading small wind exporter”.

According to its parent firm Britwind has now sold more than £1million of its small windmills to Japan and is looking at further growth.

This latest shipment to Japan will include the very first of Britwind’s new H15 windmills – a 15kW machine that can power the equivalent of 13 homes.

Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity, which employs 800 staff in the county, said: “I like what’s happening in Japan in response to the Fukishima nuclear incident.

“The Japanese government is backing renewable energy and has created a real opportunity for wind power.

“Japan will receive our first ever 15kW windmill, which has just come out of R&D. We’ve built on the engineering experience of the 5kW machine, which is the most successful small windmill to ever to come out of Britain.”

According to the firm the H15 has “significant interest both at home and abroad” and “should be a big area of growth for the next for the company over the coming years”.

Britwind currently employs 30 staff and is continuing to grow. Turnover for the year ending April 30 2016 was £1.5million.

Exports have also gone to France, Norway, Denmark, the USA and Belgium.

“The H15 is special, it’s super efficient, cheap to maintain, and breaks new ground for the cost at which small windmills can deliver energy,” added Mr Vince.

“The H15 is the beginning of a family of small windmills to choose from depending on the wind conditions, with vertical-axis machines coming in the future.”

Britwind launched in November 2014, producing windmills that are designed and made in Britain and has now shipped 130 small 5kW wind turbines to Japan in the past 18 months, with a further 30 windmills set to be dispatched by the end of March _ an order totalling more than £1.3 million.

The Britwind H15, standing at an average height of 25m, the horizontal-axis windmill has a power rating of 15kW. It’s available in two versions to optimise use in higher or lower wind speed sites, offers high reliability, and low maintenance, with only three wearing parts.

H15 windmills will be suitable for many types of landowners from farmers and rural properties, to schools, sporting clubs, as well as small, medium and large businesses.

Combining design innovation with an end-to-end service enables Ecotricity to offer two options to customers: to allow the installation of windmills at their home or business and share the benefits; they are also available for people to buy.

A team from the company will show off the new windmill at Wind Expo 2017, Tokyo, which runs from March 1-3.

 

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