American Superconductor Corporation has received an initial order for 100 sets of wind turbine core electrical components from China’s XJ Group Corporation (XJ Group). The components will be deployed in 2MW doubly fed induction wind turbines that were co-developed with AMSC Windtec, a wholly owned subsidiary of AMSC. XJ Group erected its first 2 MW wind turbine in December 2009 and has completed construction of a new wind turbine manufacturing plant with an annual capacity of 1000 MW in the city of Xuchang in the Henan province of China. This is the third AMSC Windtec customer to enter volume production of advanced wind turbines in China.

Founded in 1970 and based in Xuchang, XJ Group, owned by State Grid Corporation, which covers approximately 88 percent of China, is one of the county’s largest manufacturers of power equipment and transmission and distribution technologies for the electric utility market. The company employs more than 10 000 people worldwide and operates facilities in 30 countries globally, including 40 locations throughout China. XJ Group is .

AMSC Windtec provided XJ Group with designs for a 2 MW doubly fed induction wind turbine under a contract signed in late 2008. In addition to utilising this standard AMSC Windtec 2 MW doubly-fed induction wind turbine design, AMSC Windtec and XJ Group jointly adapted the turbines for specific environmental and wind conditions, such as low average wind speeds, low air density and severe climates encountered in certain regions of China.

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