AMSC to Develop and Deploy 2.5-MW Wind Energy Systems

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) announced at the China Wind Energy Exhibition and Symposium today that it has received its third multi-million-dollar wind energy system development contract from a Chinese company in the past several months.

Under the terms of the contract, AMSC’s wholly owned Windtec subsidiary will develop a portfolio of 2.5 megawatt (MW) wind energy systems for Dongfang Steam Turbine Works Corporation (DTC) of China. Founded in 1966, DTC, one of China’s largest steam turbine manufacturers and one of the top four wind energy system manufacturers in China, entered the wind power market in 2004 with the production of 1.5 MW systems. The company plans to commence series production of its new 2.5 MW systems by the end of 2009. In addition to development work, Windtec will provide project management during assembly and installation of the first prototype. As with other licensing and development contracts, AMSC has a right of first refusal to sell all future 2.5 MW wind turbine electrical systems to DTC. “One of the best ways to help satisfy China’s growing needs for energy is with zero-emission wind generated electricity,” said Wang Wei Min, vice general manager and chief engineer of DTC. “By working with an innovative organization like AMSC’s Windtec, we can begin producing these units quickly and cost effectively.”
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