Speaking at the EWEA conference in Copenhagen, Sinovel, a wind turbine manufacturer and Mita-Teknik, a manufacturer of turbine control systems, said the products will be developed for Sinovel’s range of turbines.
The agreement comes after the two companies worked together to customise Mita-Teknik’s control system platform, WP4x00 Mark II, released in spring 2011, for use with Sinovel’s 1.5MW and 3MW turbines. The order for the control systems will be delivered later this year.
The pact will see the two companies co-develop the “next generation” of high efficiency turbine control systems for distribution to clients in China in particular.
Mads Høy Mortensen, key account manager at Mita-Teknik, said: “The agreement is based on a close and efficient cooperation between all levels of the two organisations, including R&D departments.”
Mita-Teknik has made all data from the control system available to Sinovel, allowing the Chinese company’s engineers to create unique solutions for their customers. One of the key features of the platform, which the Danish company said would boost its market appeal around the world, is the parametric grid object, which enables Sinovel turbines all over the world to connect using local grid codes.
The move comes as Mita-Teknik looks to advance its control system tools in the Chinese and Asian markets.
Jesper Andersen, chief executive of Mita-Teknik, said: “China is the largest, most fast-growing and promising wind power market in the world. By providing advanced technical support to Sinovel, Mita-Teknik’s technical advantages shall be demonstrated in China, and will help us to further penetrate the target markets, especially China.”
Sinovel has already used Mita-Teknik’s technology in its turbines and began collaborating on technical development in 2008. Under this week’s agreement, Sinovel owns the intellectual property rights to the modified and upgraded versions of the software and source code, as well as the right to use the initial version in all products the company produces.