Ingeteam bags orders for serial supply of wind energy converters

Ingeteam has secured framework contracts with clients in the wind industry for the serial supply of its various converters.

The framework agreements are for Ingeteam’s new high power doubly fed induction generaor (DFIG) converters, as well as low and medium voltage full power converters.

The agreements will secure the manufacture and supply of new generation and conversion equipment across Ingeteam’s factories in 2021 and beyond, the company said.

Ingeteam first launched its DFIG converters 25 years ago, and the technology has become “the standard” for the onshore wind turbines, the company stated.

In 2020 Ingeteam launched the latest generation of wind energy converters developed for high power DFIG converters, expanding the range from 5MW to between 6MW and 8MW.

These doubly fed converters with high-speed drivetrain technology have been “rigorously tested and labelled” to comply with the strictest international grid codes and facilitate the full wind turbine certification process.

Ingeteam wind business commercial director Alberto Barcia said: “Offshore wind turbines, with capacities of 10MW and above, will move from prototype stage to commercial availability in the short-term.

“We are working closely with manufacturers to bring these huge machines to market, by developing a third-generation suite of MV full converters, which offer a range of benefits to OEMs.

“Their compact and modular design provides flexibility to adapt to power upgrades and they are more easily installed within nacelles. MV converters are able to achieve optimised availability and reduce maintenance, both critical conditions for offshore wind farms.”

During 2020 Ingeteam delivered 3GW of electrical equipment to wind turbine makers.

Barcia added: “Our agile and localised manufacturing strategy allows for the flexible supply of products and solutions, including the new generation of equipment in all technologies, from our cutting-edge manufacturing facilities in Europe, Asia, North and South America, to the highest quality standards in the market.”