A manufacturer of power systems has received an initial order worth more than $10 million for wind turbine electrical control systems from South Korea’s Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd. (Doosan). The systems from American Superconductor will be used in Doosan’s onshore and offshore 3-MW full conversion turbines. AMSC will be shipping the electrical control systems to Doosan between 2011 and 2012.
Doosan is the seventh customer to place a volume production order for wind turbine electrical control systems or components with AMSC over the past 12 months. Doosan’s 3-MW pilot model has been in operation at Korea’s Jeju Island since October 2009.
“Doosan has decades of experience in the power and offshore arenas, which will serve them well as they grow their green energy business globally,” said Greg Yurek, founder and chief executive officer of AMSC. “With the offshore wind market in Asia now entering a phase of rapid growth, we expect multi-megawatt wind energy systems such as Doosan’s WinDS3000 will be in increasingly high demand.”
Global offshore wind accounted for only 2 GW of the world’s 158 GW of wind power installed at the end of 2009, according to industry research firm IHS Emerging Energy Research (EER). However, this nascent market is forecasted to enter a period of rapid and prolonged growth, with installations rising sharply to 104 GW by 2025. In November 2010, South Korea announced a new US$10.5 billion project to develop 2.5 GW of offshore wind resources.
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