Siemens builds blades plant in China for wind energy

With a total investment of 35 million euro ($45 million), the wind power manufacturing plant in China is expected to produce over 600 units of blades for wind turbines yearly, with the first to be out still in 2010- a 12-tonner.

Siemens has recently hired 120 employees in China, and the number will extend to 210 next year, said the report. The new plant, located in Shanghai with investment of EUR 35 million in total, is designed to have an annual production capacity of over 600 blades.

Siemens plans to produce blades for 2.3 MW and 3.6 MW wind turbines in the initial phase with patent technology on whole blade processing. The first wind turbine blade will be produced at the end of 2010, with weight of 12 tons and height of 49 meters.

Siemens saw a large development potential of wind energy in the Asian market. The new plant in Shanghai will establish a dominant position in the exciting market, said Wolfgang Dehan, CEO of the Siemens Energy Sector and member of the managing board of Siemens AG. Reportedly, the installed capacity of wind power in China is expected to reach 150 gigawatts in 2020.

Siemens plans to invest $87 million on the development of wind turbines in India over the next two years.

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