Massachusetts, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] American Superconductor Corporation has received a follow-on order for US $10 million worth of wind turbine core electrical components from China’s CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Research Institute Co. Ltd. (CSR-ZELRI). CSR-ZELRI will use the components in the 1.65 megawatt (MW) wind turbines designed by AMSC’s wholly owned AMSC Windtec subsidiary.
CSR-ZELRI licensed its 1.65 MW wind turbine design from AMSC Windtec in January 2007. This is the largest order AMSC has received from CSR-ZELRI. To date, CSR-ZELRI has ordered more than $20 million of core electrical components from AMSC. The company installed its first 1.65 MW prototype in Jianghua, China in November 2007, less than 10 months after starting work with AMSC Windtec.
The company entered series production of the 1.65 MW turbines in mid-2008. By the end of 2008, China had a total installed wind power capacity of 12.2 gigawatts (GW) making it the fourth largest wind power market in the world. In its June 2009 report, industry research firm Emerging Energy Research projected that China’s wind power installed base would exceed 200 GW by 2020.
CSR-ZELRI is a subsidiary of China South Locomotive & Rolling Stock Corp. (CSR), China’s largest railway equipment and associated power systems manufacturers.