Chinese turbines

American Superconductor Corporation’s Windtec subsidiary is to provide the Shenyang Blower Works with designs for its 2MW doubly fed induction wind turbine


American Superconductor Corporation’s Windtec subsidiary will provide the Shenyang Blower Works with designs for its 2MW doubly fed induction wind turbine, in a move that will position the company as a leading supplier of wind turbines to the Chinese marketplace.


American Superconductor will also help the Chinese company source all the core components for the wind turbines from local suppliers, as well as help it establish a wind turbine manufacturing line and build and test its first prototype wind turbines.


It will also provide the full electrical systems for all the turbines.


After receiving certification, Shenyang Blower Works will then manufacture and sell the turbines, primarily in the Chinese market.


Founded in 1934 and based in Shenyang, China, Shenyang Blower Works is a state-owned company that makes an array of industrial equipment including large-scale compressors, blowers, fans, heat exchangers as well as large-scale nuclear power pumps, boiler feed pumps and petrochemical pumps.


The company plans to have its first prototype turbines commissioned in 2009 and expects to begin series production in 2010.


According to the Chinese Wind Energy Association, China will grow its base of wind power from 5.9GW at the end of 2007 to more than 10GW in 2008.


In its Global Wind Energy Outlook 2008 report, the Global Wind Energy Council estimates that China’s installed base could grow to between 101GW and 201GW by 2020.