Devens, Mass.-based American Superconductor Corp. (AMSC) has received an initial order for full wind turbine electrical control systems from Beijing-based Sinovel Wind Group Co. Ltd. The systems will be deployed in Sinovel's first 5 MW, doubly fed induction wind turbines. AMSC expects to deliver the electrical control systems in the second half of this year.
In 2009, Sinovel shipped approximately 2,400 1.5 MW wind turbines and approximately 100 3 MW wind turbines, or approximately 3,900 MW of wind power equipment. Each of these wind turbines contained core electrical components from AMSC.
Sinovel expects to have its first 5 MW wind turbines (branded the SL5000) erected within the next 12 months and to commence full production of the wind turbines in 2011.
SOURCE: American Superconductor Corp.