American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) and Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. (HHI) will jointly develop a 5 MW full-conversion turbine for use in the offshore wind industry. The companies expect production to commence by end of 2011.
HHI already has begun volume production of 1.65 MW turbines and ordered almost 80 sets of electrical controls and power components from AMSC. HHI also ordered electrical controls for the initial 10 units of its 2-MW turbines, which the company plans to comission by June 12, 2010 and enter production by year end. Under the terms of the new development contract, HHI will have the ability to market, manufacture, and sell 5-MW wind turbines globally.
AMSC’s electrical-control systems and components for wind turbines include the company’s PowerModule, pitch, and yaw converters, as well as SCADA systems. The converters control power flow, regulate voltage, monitor system performance, and control the blade pitch and yaw.
American Superconductor Corporation amsc.com
Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. english.hhi.co.kr
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