American Superconductor has received an initial order for 17 sets of wind turbine electrical systems from Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).
The wind turbine electrical systems and core electrical components include the company’s proprietary PowerModule power converters, pitch and yaw converters, SCADA systems and other power electronics. They control power flows, regulate voltage, monitor system performance and control the pitch of wind turbine blades to maximise their efficiency.
Based in Ulsan, South Korea, HHI will use the electrical systems in 1.65MW doubly fed induction wind turbines that it will be producing under a licence from American Superconductor’s wholly owned Windtec subsidiary.
In addition to the 1.65MW wind turbine designs, HHI also has a contract with Windtec for 2MW doubly fed induction wind turbine designs.
HHI installed and commissioned its first reference 1.65MW wind turbine near its manufacturing facility in Ulsan, South Korea, in June 2009. The company now plans to begin shipping wind turbines to its customers by the end of this year.
Founded in 1972, HHI has approximately 40,000 employees worldwide and ranks among the Financial Times Global 500 – a listing of the world’s largest companies based on market capitalisation.
The company is currently investing approximately $1bn (£600,000) to expand its renewable-energy business. In addition to producing wind turbine generators and complete wind turbines with Windtec’s assistance, the company is also scaling up its production of solar cells.