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Wind energy research lab blows into town

Spanish wind technology leader Gamesa has opened its advanced materials research centre here. The lab, housed at the Nanyang Technological University, will focus on improving the performance of Gamesa’s giant wind turbines.

Wind energy is not harnessed in Singapore. But the Economic Development Board said this research lab will put the Republic on the map for global wind energy research.

While the future of nuclear energy is now uncertain, Gamesa sees wind energy gaining pace in the renewable energy portfolios of many countries.

This includes Asia, which represents 38 per cent of Gamesa’s global sales today.

Gamesa’s chairman and CEO Jorge Calvet said: “India is going to increase its investment in wind. China will continue with its very aggressive plan of investing in wind and we will see other countries in South-east Asia coming on line with wind energy as well.

“It will not substitute any other form of renewable energy, or any other form of energy, but it will have to increase its percentage in this portfolio.”

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