A power-technology firm says it has licensed several of its proprietary AMSC Windtec wind turbine designs to Beijing Jingcheng New Energy Co., Ltd. (JCNE). The Chinese firm has been producing wind turbines since 2006 and now has a base of operations capable of producing 2,000 MW annually. JCNE is a “new energy enterprise” that is focused on wind-farm investments, construction, and operation as well as advanced wind turbine manufacturing.
In 2009, AMSC’s power electronics and control systems, which serve as the “brains” of wind turbine, were inside nearly 10% of the wind turbines installed worldwide. AMSC expects to continue increasing its market share as its wind turbine licensees in countries around the world continue their expansion.
Under the contract, AMSC has granted JCNE licenses to manufacture, market, and sell AMSC Windtec 2 MW, 3 MW and 5 MW full conversion wind turbines as well as a 3 MW SuperGEAR wind turbine. AMSC will receive upfront license fees for these wind turbine designs. JCNE also will purchase electrical control systems and core electrical components for each of the wind turbines covered under these licenses exclusively from AMSC. JCNE plans to begin producing 2 MW and 3 MW full conversion wind turbines in 2011 and the rest of the wind turbines later.
China installed over 13,000 MW of wind power in 2009, raising its total wind-power installations to about 26,000 MW. A recent report from the China Wind Energy Association (CWEA), strong growth in China’s wind power market continued in 2010. During the first six months of the year, the CWEA estimates that 7,800 MW of wind power was installed in China. This put China on a pace to surpass the U.S. by end 2010 to become the world’s largest wind market, with an installed wind capacity exceeding 40,000 MW. A Morgan Stanley research report predicts China’s wind power installed base to grow to about 300,000 MW by 2020. JCNE is AMSC’s sixth wind turbine manufacturing customer in China.
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