American Superconductor Corp.'s (AMSC) wholly owned AMSC Windtec subsidiary has signed a follow-on contract with Dongfang Turbine Co. Ltd. to design and jointly develop 5 MW full-conversion wind turbines for the offshore wind power market.
Dongfang entered the wind power market in 2004 and shipped more than 800 wind turbines with a 1.5 MW power rating in 2008. The company plans to commission its first prototype 2.5 MW wind turbine designed under a prior agreement with AMSC Windtec and will enter volume production of these wind turbines in the second half of this year.
Dongfang has exclusive rights to the 5 MW full-conversion wind turbine designs in China and plans to begin supplying the wind turbines for the worldwide offshore market in 2012. AMSC has the right of first refusal to supply the core electrical components for Dongfang's 5 MW wind turbines.
SOURCE: American Superconductor Corp.