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Chinese turbine builders push deeper into Japan wind power market

Maker of small models wield cost advantages as Japanese players fade

China's Shanghai Ghrepower shows off a new turbine at a Tokyo exhibition. The company aims to raise its count of turbines in Japan 10-fold. (Photo by Nana Shibata)
China's Shanghai Ghrepower shows off a new turbine at a Tokyo exhibition. The company aims to raise its count of turbines in Japan 10-fold. (Photo by Nana Shibata)

TOKYO -- China's wind turbine builders are stepping up their offensive in the Japanese market, leveraging their low costs as they seek a greater share of the island country's renewable-energy sector.

The world's third-largest maker of small turbines, Shanghai Ghrepower Green Energy, aims to release onshore models tailor-made for Japan in June, and increase its turbines here 10-fold in three years. Small builder Qingdao Anhua New Energy Equipment -- ANE for short -- hopes to set up 100 turbines in the country this year.

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