CSIC plans 5MW offshore prototype launch

CHINA: CSIC Haizhuang will launch a prototype 5MW offshore prototype at its manufacturing plant in south-west China's Chongqing city tomorrow.

CSIC Haizhuang will install the prototype at the Rudong demonstration offshore wind farm, in east China’s Jiangsu province. It will be connected to the grid at the end of the year, said CSIC chairman Yang Benxin.

Yang said the company has spent three years developing the turbine alongside Dutch engineering firm Mecal, KK-Electronic from Denmark, and German offshore specialist Lehnhoff Consulting.

The turbine features large bearings, gearbox, high-speed permanent magnetic generator, and full power converter. The turbine head, with compact structure, is 15% lighter than other 5MW turbines.

Yang said the turbine is suitable in 90% of Chinese wind farms, both onshore and offshore. So far, Sinovel and Guodian United Power have produced 6MW offshore turbines, while XEMC has produced a 5MW offshore turbine.

European expansion

Last month, CSIC revealed it is planning a €400 million investment in acquiring and expanding an eastern European wind farm.

The company is a relatively minor player in China with only 1.4% of the market. Its products include Aerodyn-designed 2MW turbines.

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