Chinese Fuel: The Wind Industry Moves East

The New York Times has an excellent in-depth feature on China and the wind turbine industry. It's yet another example of the contrast between China's increasing resource usage and pollution production and their progressive, ambitious stance towards alternative energy. The story offered this specific example of their increasing expertise:

One Chinese supplier here became so adept at making a 10-ton steel frame that keeps a wind turbine’s gearbox and generator aligned even under gale-force conditions, and making it so cheaply, that the Spanish company now ships the Chinese frame halfway around the world for turbines that Gamesa assembles at its American plant in Fairless Hills, Pa. Mr. Calvet said the American manufacturing sector had been so weakened in recent decades that for some components there were no American machinery companies readily available.