AMSC receives $9 mn order for wind turbine systems
American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC), a global power technologies company, has received a $9 million follow-on order for the supply of wind turbine electrical control systems from Inox Wind (IWL), part of India's Inox group of companies. In August 2010, Inox had placed an initial order for 17 of AMSC's wind turbine electrical control systems, which monitor and control its operation and the flow of zero-emission electricity to the power grid. The systems are being used in 2 MW doubly-fed induction wind turbines that Inox is manufacturing under a global license. Inox Wind currently has the ability to manufacture 400 of its 2 MW wind turbines annually at its facility in Una in Himachal Pradesh.
AMSC's wind turbine power electronics and control systems include power converters, pitch and yaw converters, SCADA systems and integrated control systems. 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.
AMSC's acquisition of The Switch
AMSC has also acquired a power technologies company, The Switch, which is headquartered in Finland. The 190-million euro acquisition is expected to support AMSC's growth to US$1 billion in annual revenues. Greg Yurek, founder and CEO, AMSC, said, "Our combined company is expected to be serving China's three largest wind turbine manufacturers-Sinovel, Goldwind and Dongfang."
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