Battle of the wind

Soaring demand for alternative energy would probably see more intellectual property (IP) suit such as this one from General Electric (GE) against Japan’s biggest wind power turbine maker Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.

According to this Reuters report, GE filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) last month stating Mitsubishi Heavy Industries infringed GE’s certain wind turbine technology. GE wanted ITC to halt US imports of Mitsubishi’s wind turbines.

Both companies have been profiting from the growing global wind turbine market. Mitsubishi said it has already completed capacity expansion of its wind turbine blades in Mexico for the North American market.

GE said it supplied a total of 2.3 gigawatts of US wind capacity in 2007, representing 30% of new power producing capacity in the US last year. GE already secured several US contracts this year totaling to more than $2bn to companies such as Invenergy Wind LLC, Horizon Wind Energy, and Renewable Energy Systems Americas.

More than 5 gigawatts of capacity were installed last year, expanding total US wind energy capacity by 45%, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

Now that’s a lot of wind!



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