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Chinese wind turbines enter European market for first time

By Liu Zhonghua (People's Daily)

17:25, March 12, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

In February 2012, two China-made wind turbines were put into operation in Sweden, which was the first time that Chinese wind turbines entered the European market, and thus caught great attention on the continent.

Five years ago, the world's top 10 wind turbine manufacturers were all foreign companies. Now, four Chinese manufacturers have been on the top 10 list, including Sinovel Wind Group Company, the world's second largest wind turbine maker, following Denmark-based Vestas.

China overtook the United States for the first time in 2010 as the country with the largest installed wind power capacity.

Claes Buhler, CEO of Swedish wind power company CRC Vindkraft AB which purchased the two turbines from Sinovel, is proud to be the first in Europe to choose Chinese wind turbines.

He said that the decision takes some courage and determination because the United States and European countries are quite demanding about wind turbines, and have doubts about China's wind turbine technology due to lack of understanding, which made it diffluent for CRC to obtain commercial loans from partners. The prices of Chinese wind turbines are generally 15 percent to 20 percent lower than their European counterparts, offering Chinese manufactures a major advantage over their international competitors.

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