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Alstom signs partnership with NIRE

US: French turbine manufacturer Alstom has entered into an R&D agreement with the US National Institute for Renewable Energy (NIRE).

Alstom ECO 100 turbines at the Vieux Moulin wind farm in central France
Alstom ECO 100 turbines at the Vieux Moulin wind farm in central France

The partnership will begin in Q4 2010 and concentrate on grid integration and development. Additionally, the National Wind Resource Centre will also contribute to the project.

The partnership will begin in Q4 2010 and concentrate on grid integration and development. Additionally, the National Wind Resource Centre will also contribute to the project.

Alstom is also planning to obtain North American certification of its ECO80/86 and ECO 100/110 platforms for the US market.

The turbines' nacelles will be built at the new manufacturing plant in Amarrillo, Texas, which is set to begin production in 2011. The facility will mainly supply the US market.

Speaking about the partnership and the plant, Andy Geissbuehler, vice president and general manager of Alstom Wind North America said: "Coupled with the construction of our new nacelle assembly facility in Amarillo and a similar R&D agreement with NREL, this strategic partnership with NIRE will position us to deliver our proven technology solutions to the North American market."  

 

 

 

 

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