AMSC & SBW Partner To Develop 2-MW Wind Turbines

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) and Shenyang Blower Works (Group) Co. Ltd. (SBW), a Chinese industrial equipment manufacturer, signed an agreement for co-development work that could position SBW to become a leading supplier of wind turbines for the Chinese marketplace, according to the company.

Under the terms of the agreement, AMSC‘s wholly owned AMSC Windtec subsidiary will provide SBW with designs for its 2 megawatt (MW) doubly fed induction wind turbine. AMSC will also help SBW localize the supply of all core components for the wind turbines, establish its wind turbine manufacturing line and build and test SBW’s first prototype wind turbines.

After receiving certification, SBW will manufacture the turbines and sell them primarily into the Chinese market. AMSC will provide the full electrical systems for all of SBW’s wind turbines. This co-development agreement provides SBW with the right to manufacture its 2 MW wind turbines in China and sell the systems globally. The company plans to have its first prototype turbines installed and commissioned in 2009 and expects to begin series production in 2010.

“In addition to manufacturing complete wind turbine systems, we plan to be highly vertically integrated, which will enable us to scale production faster and offer our wind turbines at very competitive prices,” said Su Yongqiang, Shenyang Blower Works president and chief executive officer. “By integrating our company’s experience with AMSC’s unique capabilities, we plan to become a major participant in China’s growing wind power market.”

According to the Chinese Wind Energy Association, China will grow its base of wind power from 5.9 gigawatts (GW) at the end of 2007 to more than 10 GW in 2008. In its Global Wind Energy Outlook 2008 report, the Global Wind Energy Council estimates that China’s installed base could grow to 101 GW by 2020 under its “moderate” outlook scenario and 201 GW under its “advanced” scenario.

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