AMSC Sells to Wind Energy Market: Domestic and Int’l

American Superconductor Corporation has received new orders for its D-VAR(R) voltage regulation systems for wind farms in Northern Ireland and Texas. With these additional orders, AMSC now has an installed base and orders for D-VAR and PowerModule solutions to serve more than 2,900 megawatts (MW) of wind power worldwide — nearly triple the amount served by AMSC 12 months ago.

“Our D-VAR solutions…enable developers to connect their wind farms to the power grid and sell their wind-generated electricity to customers,” said Chuck Stankiewicz, senior vice president of AMSC Power Systems. “Strict grid interconnection standards in the United Kingdom and other countries make dynamic reactive compensation devices a requirement at many wind farms. Our D-VAR solution, which will now be serving 25 wind farms in five countries around the world, is uniquely suited to meet this need,” said Stankiewicz. Stankiewicz noted that the new Texas wind farm installation for which the company received a D-VAR order was determined by the local transmission grid owner to require dynamic reactive support to maintain voltage stability when the wind farm is connected to the grid. According to the American Wind Energy Association, wind power generating capacity in the United States increased by 27 percent in 2006 to 11,603 MW. Texas accounted for nearly a third of all new installed capacity in 2006 and currently has approximately 774 MW of capacity on line, the most wind power of any state. According the British Wind Energy Association, the installed base of wind generated electricity in the United Kingdom rose 48 percent in 2006 to 1,963 MW.
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