By Greentech Lead Asia: Zephyr announced announced a
collaboration agreement with Evance Wind Turbines, a small wind turbine
manufacturer in U.K. the agreement allows Zephyr to accelerate sales of the
Airdolphin, a 1kW rated wind turbine, with Evance’s strong reselling network
across Europe and concurrently, Zephyr will bring Evance’s R9000 5kW wind
turbine to market in Asia.
Airdolphin is developed by a Japanese
government-industry-academia joint venture.
Zephyr and Evance share the same ethos but differ in
product range and geographical coverage, making this a highly complementary
alliance. The two companies are looking forward to jointly lead the global
small wind turbine market with a long term working relationship.
The addition of the Evance’s 5kW turbine to Zephyr’s
product portfolio shall enable better servicing to customers with diverse
environments and needs. The 1kW is better suited for the customer with the
desire to incorporate wind energy but has limited space, and the 5kW shall fit
the needs of the customer with larger space and energy needs.
The interest in renewable and distributed energy is
steadily rising in Japan, where the new feed-in-tariff program is starting in
Evance is sharing with Zephyr the same high standards of
technology and reliability in their product design and manufacturing. Evance’s
5kW small wind turbine has accounted for over 30 percent of small wind turbines
(1.5kW-15kW) sold last year in the United Kingdom.