AMSC & Sinovel Expand Partnership

American Superconductor Corporation and Sinovel Wind Group Co. Ltd. announced at the American Wind Energy Association’s Windpower 2010 Conference & Exhibition in Dallas, Texas that they have expanded their strategic partnership to include additional wind turbine designs for both the onshore and offshore markets. Under the new agreement, Sinovel and AMSC’s wholly-owned AMSC Windtec subsidiary, will design and jointly develop a range of advanced, multi-megawatt-scale wind turbines that Sinovel plans to market and sell worldwide.

Sinovel expects to begin volume production of these multi-megawatt-scale wind turbines by the end of 2012 and, as part of the agreement, will purchase core electrical components from AMSC for these new machines. AMSC Windtec and Sinovel first formed their relationship in 2005. Since that time, AMSC has provided core electrical components for Sinovel’s 1.5-megawatt (MW) wind turbines as well as engineering support services and power electronics for the 3 MW and 5 MW wind turbines that have been co-developed by Sinovel and AMSC Windtec. Sinovel began shipping 3 MW wind turbines for the onshore and offshore markets in 2009.

Sinovel is China’s largest wind turbine manufacturer and now ranks as the world’s third largest wind turbine manufacturer based on its market share in 2009, according to industry research firms MAKE Consulting and BTM Consult. In 2009, Sinovel shipped approximately 2,400 of its 1.5 MW wind turbines (branded the SL1500) and approximately 100 of it 3 MW wind turbines (branded the SL3000). 

“Since its founding in 2004, Sinovel has proven to be China’s dominant wind turbine manufacturer while also quickly rising in the global rankings,” said Sinovel Chairman and President Han Junliang. “Our next objective is to become the largest wind turbine manufacturer in the world. This will be accomplished by our ability to offer a wide array of highly reliable, high-efficiency wind turbines for the global onshore and offshore markets. We are pleased to expand our partnership with AMSC as we execute on our growth plans.”

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