Devens, Mass.-based American Superconductor Corp. (AMSC) has received an initial order for 17 sets of full wind turbine electrical systems from South Korea-based Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. (HHI).
HHI will use the electrical systems in 1.65 MW doubly fed induction wind turbines that it will be producing under a license from Windtec, AMSC's wholly owned subsidiary.
In addition to the 1.65 MW wind turbine designs, HHI also has a contract with Windtec for 2 MW doubly fed induction wind turbine designs. HHI's marketing and sales rights for both wind turbines extend to most countries around the world, including those in North America.
HHI installed and commissioned its first reference 1.65 MW wind turbine near its manufacturing facility in Ulsan, South Korea, in June. The company expects it will soon receive Germanischer Lloyd certification, and it plans to begin shipping wind turbines to customers by the end of the year.
‘With production set to begin in their new wind turbine factory in Gunsan, South Korea, this fall, we look forward to receiving additional orders from HHI as they ramp up from their initial production platform,’ says Greg Yurek, AMSC founder and CEO.
HHI is in the midst of investing approximately $1 billion to expand its renewable energy business. In addition to producing wind turbine generators and complete wind turbines with AMSC Windtec's assistance, the company also is scaling its production of solar cells.
SOURCE: American Superconductor Corp.