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Wind Turbines to swing more on automation

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MICHIGAN, US: A market study by RIA examines opportunities for automation in fabrication of wind turbines, since growing at 28.7 per cent in 2008 and industry may have reached point where automation technologies may be needed for continued expansion.

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Another information comes in a new market study from Robotic Industries Association that examines the opportunities for automation in the fabrication of wind turbines used to generate electricity. This market is of particular interest because of its rapid growth and signs that it has reached the point where automation technologies may be needed for continued expansion.

In US, wind power grew 50 per cent in 2008 over 2007, while Denmark uses wind turbines to generate 20 per cent of power. Also, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides 30 per cent investment tax credit to purchasers of wind turbines, a press note added.

At only about one percent of all energy generated globally, the contribution of wind turbines is still small but rapidly growing. In Europe, wind turbine deployment is farthest along, with some countries reliant on wind power for a respectable portion of their energy mix. Most dependent on wind power is Denmark, which uses wind turbines to generate 20 per cent of its power. Following are Spain at 10 per cent and Germany at about seven per cent. The United States is far behind in this respect, but will eventually catch up if its use of wind power continues to grow at its current, blistering pace of 50 percent (2008 over 2007), it says.