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Chinese wind turbine-maker Envision eyes India

M Ramesh Chennai | Updated on January 16, 2018

Applies to National Institute of Wind Energy to sell 2 MW machines

Chinese wind-turbine manufacturer Envision Energy wants to enter the Indian market. The company has applied to the National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE), the certifying body, for approval to sell its 2 MW machines.

Sources in NIWE have confirmed this, but Envision did not reply to a mail seeking confirmation and comments.

Envision is one of China’s top-five wind-turbine manufacturers and often counts among the top 10 globally.

The company was founded in 2007 by Lei Zhang, then only 31. It has sold 7,500 MW worth of machines globally and manages 50 GW of machines.

EU consortium

Envision is also one of the three members of a EU-funded consortium of companies that is developing a wind generator that uses superconducting technology. (Superconducting generators feature extremely cooled coils, and are smaller, lighter and cheaper.)

Chinese firms

Envision will be the third Chinese wind-turbine company to try to enter the Indian market — after Sinovel and Ming Yang.

In 2011, Sinovel, once a global leader, unsuccessfully tried to produce 1.5 MW machines at leased facilities of Ghodawat Energy in Maharashtra.

In the following year, Ming Yang entered into a partnership with Reliance Group (ADAG), with plans for a joint venture with Reliance Capital to make wind turbines in India.

New players

India, which expects to install over 4 GW of wind-power capacity in the current financial year, has attracted many new players, such as Vestas (which is back in India after a gap of three years) and Nordex of Germany.

Published on October 19, 2016

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