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AMSC provides Hyundai Heavy Industries with 30 wind turbine electrical control sets

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) is providing Hyundai Heavy Industries with 30 sets of electrical control systems for its 1.65 MW wind turbines now in production in South Korea.

In addition to the follow on order, AMSC will also provide electrical control systems for Hyundai Heavy Industries’ 2 MW wind turbine prototypes. All of the wind turbine electrical control systems will be shipped by the end of May 2010.

The wind turbine electrical control systems and core electrical components include the AMSC’s PowerModule™ power converters, pitch and yaw converters, SCADA systems and other power electronics.

According to AMSC, 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 maximise efficiency.

Hyundai Heavy Industries licensed 1.65 and 2 MW wind turbine designs from AMSC Windtec in 2008. The company entered volume production of 1.65 MW wind turbines in October 2009 and plans to commence production of 2 MW wind turbines in 2010.

Young N. Kim, Senior Executive Vice President and COO, Hyundai Heavy Industries Electro Electric Systems, says: “Over the course of the past year, we have licensed high-quality wind turbine designs from AMSC Windtec, commissioned our first prototype systems and secured our initial wind turbine orders in Korea and the United States. We see tremendous growth opportunities in front of us and are expanding our wind turbine capacity to support our growth plans.”

Hyundai Heavy Industries installed and commissioned its first reference 1.65 MW wind turbine near its manufacturing facility in Ulsan, South Korea in June 2009, less than one year after licensing the design from AMSC Windtec.

In September 2009, Hyundai Heavy Industries announced Wave Wind, LLC as its first wind turbine customer in the United States.

Hyundai Heavy Industries has invested 105.7 billion won (nearly US$90 million) to build a wind turbine manufacturing plant in Gunsan with an annual capacity of 600 MW. The company plans to expand the capacity of the facility to 800 MW by 2013.

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