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In interviews, executives at top Chinese and foreign wind companies said many Chinese turbine makers would be squeezed out by the slowdown. One European turbine maker executive, who did not wish to be named, said the Chinese market was facing a "bloodbath".
The ceremony, to commemorate the installation of the turbine, was disrupted when the arm of the 1,000-ton crane, toppled and fell down suddenly in a trial operation to lift a wind turbine.
Jiuquan City in Gansu, a crane owned by Sinovel Technology (Gansu) Ltd. collapsed killing five people and injuring another. Jiuquan City Information Office informed the media of the accident.
Three fire engines arrived at the scene, but after surprisingly discovering that their hoses were too short to reach the 66-meter-high wind turbine, they remained on site until the fire extinguished itself in about four hours.
The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama hopes it can reinvigorate the country's sluggish economy and spur job growth in part by bolstering the U.S. renewable-energy industry. Chinese companies undercut U.S. rivals on price because they get generous subsidies from the Chinese government. Under pressure from the Obama administration, China in June agreed to end many subsidies for its domestic wind-power-equipment manufacturers.
According to the investigation by the environmental protection bureau, the fluoride in the water taken from a river near JinkoSolar's plant was 10 times higher than the recommended limit. Residue from the plant that rushed into the river in heavy rains.
Local environmental authorities ordered the PV cell plant to be closed while investigations take place. It has failed a number of environmental waste tests since April when high levels of flouride were found in the river, according to local reports.
"AMSC believes that Sinovel illegally obtained and used AMSC's intellectual property to upgrade its 1.5 megawatt wind turbines in the field to meet proposed Chinese grid codes and to potentially allow for the use of core electrical components from other manufacturers."
The nation seems to be sticking with nuclear power, at least for now. Unlike Germany, which accelerated plans to phase out atomic energy after Fukushima, Japan shows no signs of doing so. In recent days, utilities began newly mandated earthquake and tsunami stress tests, a first step toward restarting reactors idled for maintenance.
The blade became detached from the G5X-850 850kW turbine earlier this week. Reports suggest the stray component hit a transmission line. The turbine was installed around three years ago and is part of a wind farm in southern India operated by Pioneer Wincon.
Green energy used to be Germany's great hope for its economic future. But now the German solar industry is in trouble amid huge losses, job cuts and the threat of bankruptcies. Chinese firms are gaining an ever greater share of the German market -- and are benefiting from German subsidies for renewable energy.
"The bills are half-baked. The investment plan is there but financing is lacking ...There is risk that stocks of solar and wind power plants will build up but won't be utilized effectively," he added. That would not hurt new suppliers given a preset return for a preset period but possibly clinch economic growth by boosting electricity bills for the sake of un-connected new facilities.
Following five successive years of impressive growth, China's wind power sector saw its growth rate decline to 37 percent in 2010. ...the rapid development of the wind power market has led to excessive competition and accelerated formation of a bubble.
"We faced a difficult pricing environment in our primary wind power market, resulting in margin pressure and lower sales volume." Though China has been consistently installing wind, global markets have slowed due to financial concerns and turbulent regulatory environments.
A utility in western Japan said on Friday it will limit planned operations at its first wind farm to take account of residents' concerns about noise, highlighting a snag in the nation's efforts to encourage renewable energy.
SERC said on Wednesday that the inspections, which will run all month, will include wind farm safety management, operations, grid connections and the actual wind turbines. The move follows four massive incidents in Jiuquan, Gansu province, one of the most important wind power bases in China.
"The Inner Mongolia Grid has reached its upper limit in accepting wind power for local consumption. The only solution is to send out wind power over long distances and integrate it into the much larger State Grid. This is hard to do because we do not yet have a concrete method of transmitting wind power."
China is not an obvious environmental leader. It is beleaguered by severe pollution and generates more carbon emissions than any other nation. Yet many have trumpeted it as an emerging "green giant" for its non-carbon-based energy production and its aggressive promises to cut carbon ...the facts do not support this "green" success story.
China's National Energy Bureau (NEB) is seeking to rein in the country's overheated wind power industry through the introduction of new regulations to standardise the examination and approval of small wind farm projects.
Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) is limiting generation from renewable plants (including wind) to 5% of their installed capacity. ...Hokkaido Electric Company [is] also capping wind farm contributions to 5% of their capacity. In addition, Arakawa acknowledged that "small [wind farms] across the country are disconnected" and that these are unlikely to rejoin the electricity network until the nuclear crisis is stabilized.