Dec 10, 2012 - Eco Power Co, 98.9%-owned by Japanese oil refiner Cosmo Oil Co (TYO:5007), is to replace smaller turbines at its wind parks with machines with higher capacity in a bid to boost operation rates to over 25%, Nikkei said Friday.
The company currently operates 147 MW of wind power capacity that includes 128 wind turbines. Yet some 40% of the total are smaller units that can only generate between 400 kW and 750 kW. Thus, the average output of EcoPower's wind turbines is almost 20% below the industry average.
The company's plan envisages the replacement of the smaller machines with larger 1,500-kW to 3,000-kW ones by 2015. Putting up 50 of the 2,000-kW-class turbines will cost EcoPower about JPY 30 billion (USD 365m/EUR 282m), the Japanese daily estimates.
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