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Goldwind installs and connects first Chinese turbines on US soil

US: In a first for a Chinese turbine manufacturer, Goldwind has installed three turbines in the US and connected them to the local power grid.

Goldwind 1.5MW turbines in use at Shenhua Guohua Zhongdian wind farm in Rongcheng City, Shandong Province
Goldwind 1.5MW turbines in use at Shenhua Guohua Zhongdian wind farm in Rongcheng City, Shandong Province

The 1.5MW permanent-magnetic direct drive turbines (the 77/1500 type) were installed on the 'Uilk' wind farm project at Pipestone Town, Minnesota.

Additionally the project is also Goldwind’s first overseas MW-level wind turbine project. According to the company’s president Wu Gang, the initiative marks the progress of its ‘go-global’ strategy.

Goldwind has invested $10.5 million in the Uilk project, which was signed on May 6, 2009. It is controlled by Tian Run USA INC., a solely-funded Goldwind off-shoot. The turbines were shipped from north China’s Tianjin Harbor on September 28, 2009.

The 1.5MW turbines used for the Minnesota project will form a major part of Goldwind’s global ambitions.

Goldwind started to export wind turbines to the overseas market in 2008. It exported six sets of 750kW/60Hz turbines to Cuba.

By the end of 2009, Goldwind had 1,500 sets of 1.5MW turbines installed in wind farms in China. The company claims their generation efficiency approaches 98 percent, forming a major part of the country’s wind capacity. 

 

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