AMSC Gets US $20M Turbine Control Order

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) has received an initial order for full wind turbine electrical control systems worth more than US $20 million from Ghodawat Energy Pvt. Ltd. (GEPL). Under the terms of the contract, AMSC will begin shipping the electrical control systems to Ghodawat in the middle of 2010 and will complete all shipments by the end of 2013 at the latest. Ghodawat is the sixth customer to place a volume production order for wind turbine power electronic components or systems with AMSC over the past 12 months.

GEPL currently owns and operates more than 150 wind turbines with an installed capacity of just over 100 megawatts (MW) of electricity at wind farms in four states of India. It also operates a tubular-type wind turbine tower manufacturing facility under Shrenik Industries Pvt. Ltd. Its manufacturing capacity is 400 towers per year.

The company has now begun manufacturing full 1.65-MW doubly fed induction wind turbines that were designed by and licensed from AMSC’s wholly owned AMSC Windtec subsidiary. GEPL already has erected its first 1.65 MW wind turbines (branded the Ghodawat 1650) and recently completed construction of a wind turbine production plant in Maharashtra with an estimated annual output of 500 MW.

“Pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and energy independence are growing, global concerns that are helping to drive the adoption of clean, renewable power,” said Shrenik Ghodawat, managing director of GEPL. “We are now beginning the production of wind turbines in India that are at the leading edge of technology to help meet this critical need. Our goal is to achieve 25 percent market share in India’s wind power market while also building our business in foreign markets.”

According to a report issued in March 2010 by industry research firm MAKE Consulting, India ranked fifth in the world with approximately 10,500 MW of wind power installed at the end of 2009. MAKE expects that India will more than double its installed base to nearly 24,000 MW by the end of 2015.

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