Warwickshire energy firm to export to Lebanon

Warwickshire energy firm to export to Lebanon

A Warwickshire energy business has secured its two biggest ever orders, selling more than 300 wind turbines to a power solutions company in Lebanon.

IPT PowerTech, in Beirut, ordered 114 wind turbines in December from Stratford upon Avon-based FuturEnergy, and has recently placed a second order for a further 228 turbines.

The turbines will be used to reduce the fuel cost of diesel generators powering mobile phone communication masts.

The project is estimated to cover 280 communications tower sites, each powered by two turbines.

FuturEnergy sales manager Sandra Shirley said: “We produce 1kw micro wind turbines and we have a 10kw turbine which is currently in development.

“We have been trading overseas since the business was set-up 11 years ago. Our turbines are mainly used in remote areas that are potentially off the grid.

“IPT PowerTech in Lebanon contacted us last year as they wanted to use our turbines for communication purposes.”

FuturEnergy received support from the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) Team at the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce’s International Trade Hub.

Mick Page, international trade advisor at Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “This is a great example of a company that has successfully exported products to some of the most remote areas of the world.

“They’ve shown commitment to growing the export business and part of this has been providing the right training and support to the customer in Lebanon. 

“We are looking to see how this business might be replicated, as there is a clear opportunity for this application for the turbines, and one way UKTI can help is to help uncover more business leads.”