Toshiba Enters Wind and Energy Management Industries

Toshiba Corporation (6502.T) announced a $36 million investment in South Korean wind turbine manufacturer Unison Co., Ltd. (018000.KS). The deal marks Toshiba’s entrance into the wind industry.

The announcement comes just days after Toshiba confirmed a $2.3 billion deal to buy Swiss smart meter company Landis+Gyr. Toshiba, a well-known name brand in consumer electronics, is quickly becoming a major player in energy management and renewables.

The Unison deal will give Toshiba distribution rights for Unison’s 750 kW and 2 MW permanent-magnet direct-drive wind turbines worldwide.

Direct drives are the latest technological advancement in the wind turbine industry, and are thought to be more durable, as they employ a permanent magnet synchronous generator that has no gears.

Toshiba will also work with Unison to co-develop higher efficiency wind turbines, applying design technologies for fluid mechanics derived from its know-how in steam turbine generators.

Established in 1984, Unison is one of Korea’s longest established wind equipment manufacturers and has a total annual production capacity equivalent to 1,000 megawatts (MW).

Worldwide wind generation capacity is expected to almost quadruple from 2008-2020, from 120 gigawatts (GW) to 477 GW. Toshiba said this fast growth in demand underpins the company’s decision to enter the market.

Toshiba’s low-carbon portfolio now includes hydro, solar photovoltaic, wind and geothermal.

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Comments on “Toshiba Enters Wind and Energy Management Industries”

  1. RobertWilliams

    1. WIRELESS SMART METERS – 100 TIMES MORE RADIATION THAN CELL PHONES.
    Video Interview: Nuclear Scientist, Daniel Hirsch, (5 minutes: 38 seconds).
    http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/04/20/daniel-hirsch-on-ccsts-fuzzy-math/

    2. WIRELESS SMART METERS – CANCER, NERVOUS SYSTEM DAMAGE, ADVERSE REPRODUCTION AFFECTS.
    Video Interview: Dr. Carpenter, New York Public Health Department, Dean of Public Health, (2 minutes: 23 seconds).
    http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?p=3946

    3. THE KAROLINSKA INSTITUTE IN STOCKHOLM (the University that gives the Nobel Prizes) ISSUES GLOBAL HEALTH WARNING AGAINST WIRELESS SMART METERS.
    2-page Press Release:
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/48148346/Karolinska-Institute-Press-Release

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  2. RobertWilliams

    A. INSURANCE COMPANIES WON’T INSURE THE HEALTH PROBLEMS FROM WIRELESS Smart Meters

    TV NEWS VIDEO – (3 minutes)
    http://eon3emfblog.net/?p=382

    B. WIRELESS SMART METERS TRANSMIT RADIATION APPROXIMATELY 25,000 TIMES PER DAY, 24/7, not 45 seconds per day as falsely claimed by PG$E.

    VIDEO – Radiation Measured From Smart Meter Mounted On A Home (6 minutes)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRejDxBE6OE

    …AND in the U.S. & UK and other countries where Wireless smart meters are being installed, energy use is NOT decreasing, customer UTILITY BILLS ARE INCREASING, there are additional PROBLEMS & COSTS incurred from increased SECURITY & HACKING PROBLEMS and the Wireless meters are creating ELECTRICAL INTERFERENCE PROBLEMS.

    The utility usage information generated by Wireless smart meters does NOT assist customers to use less energy or lower their utility bills. The information only assists the Utility company to bill customers.

    Wireless smart meters are NOT mandated by the US Federal Energy Program, as PG$E pretends.

    The Utility companies are salivating over eliminating the jobs of the full-time-with-benefit meter reader employees and replacing them with phone operators in India and the Philippines who read scripts to customers over the phone for $4 per day and NO Benefits.

    The monetary transfers from customers to utility companies are huge, the problems are real and severe, but the advertised benefits are NOT occurring.

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