Hyundai Expands Wind Business

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) recently received an order for 17 sets of full wind turbine electrical systems from South-Korean based Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) for use in its 1.65-megawatt (MW) machines.

Along with being the world’s largest shipbuilder, HHI is also a large developer of turnkey power plants and offshore projects, and a major global supplier of high voltage electrical equipment. HHI will use the electrical systems in 1.65 megawatt (MW) doubly fed induction wind turbines it will be producing under a license from AMSC’s wholly owned AMSC Windtec subsidiary. In addition to the 1.65 MW wind turbine designs, HHI also has a contract with AMSC Windtec for 2-MW doubly fed induction wind turbine designs.

HHI installed and commissioned its first reference 1.65 MW wind turbine near its manufacturing facility in Ulsan, South Korea in June 2009. After certification, the company plans to begin shipping wind turbines to customers by the end of 2009.

HHI is in the midst of investing approximately US $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.
AMSC’s wind turbine electrical systems and core electrical components include the company’s proprietary PowerModule power converters. The company says they enable reliable wind turbine operation by controlling power flows, regulating voltage, monitoring system performance and controlling the pitch of wind turbine blades to maximize efficiency.

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