The systems will be deployed in Sinovel’s first 5 megawatt (MW) doubly fed induction wind turbines. AMSC expects to deliver the electrical control systems to Sinovel in the second half of calendar year 2010.
Sinovel is China’s largest wind energy manufacturer and ranks among the top five wind turbine manufacturers in the world. In 2009, the company shipped approximately 2,400 1.5 MW wind turbines and approximately 100 3 MW wind turbines, or approximately 3,900 MW of wind farm equipment. Each of these wind turbines contained core electrical components from AMSC.
Sinovel expects to have its first 5 MW wind turbines (branded the SL5000) erected within the next 12 months and to commence full production of the wind turbines in 2011. Sinovel’s SL5000 will be China’s largest and most powerful domestically produced wind energy system.
“Sinovel is a juggernaut in the wind power industry with tremendous experience manufacturing turbines with the most advanced technology,” said AMSC founder and Chief Executive Officer Greg Yurek. “Building on the strength of the company’s 1.5 MW and 3 MW platforms, the production of the higher power-rated SL5000 systems positions Sinovel as a technology leader globally.”
China’s wind power market experienced another record year of growth, more than doubling its wind generating capacity from 12.1 GW in 2008 to 25.1 GW at the end of 2009, according to the Global Wind Energy Council. Industry research firm Emerging Energy Research (EER) expects China’s total installed capacity to exceed 200 GW by 2020.
AMSC’s wind turbine electrical control systems and core electrical components include the company’s proprietary PowerModule™ power converters, pitch and yaw converters, SCADA systems and other power electronics. They enable reliable, high-performance wind turbine operation by controlling power flows, regulating voltage, monitoring system performance, controlling the pitch of wind turbine blades and the yaw of the turbines to maximize efficiency.
Sinovel Wind Group Co., Ltd. is the first high-tech enterprise in China engaged in independently developing, designing, manufacturing and marketing large-scale onshore/offshore series wind turbines that can adapt to different wind zones and environment. Headquartered in Beijing, Sinovel has manufacturing bases in China’s Dalian, Jiangsu, Inner Mongolia and Gansu Provinces. Sinovel specializes in the R&D, design, manufacturing and sales of a variety of wind turbines.
American Superconductor (NASDAQ: AMSC) offers an array of proprietary technologies and solutions spanning the electric power infrastructure – from generation to delivery to end use. The company is a leader in renewable energy, providing proven, megawatt-scale wind turbine designs and electrical control systems.
The company also offers a host of Smart Grid technologies for power grid operators that enhance the reliability, efficiency and capacity of the grid, and seamlessly integrate renewable energy sources into the power infrastructure. These include superconductor power cable systems, gridlevel surge protectors and power electronics-based voltage stabilization systems. AMSC’s technologies are protected by a broad and deep intellectual property portfolio consisting of hundreds of patents and licenses worldwide.