China's 'first 10MW generator passes tests'

Dongfang Electric Machinery has developed China's first 10MW offshore wind generator, according to state reports.

The 10MW power rating of Dongfang's generator is higher than that of any turbines announced by other Chinese manufacturers (pic credit: Sasac)

Its 10MW permanent-magnet direct-drive generator has successfully undergone tests, the Assets Supervision and Administration of China’s State Council reported.

Dongfang has complete intellectual property rights for the generator, the government body stated.

The generator’s 10MW power rating is believed to be higher than that of any turbines announced by other Chinese manufacturers. 

Shanghai Electric has licensing rights to use Siemens Gamesa's technology for 8MW turbines, while Goldwind announced an 8MW model with a 184-metre rotor diameter last November.

Goldwind also has a 6.7MW turbine, while Ming Yang has a 6MW unit and CSIC Haizhuang a 5MW machine — the only three Chinese OEMs to feature in Windpower Monthly’s top ten biggest turbine ranking.

US manufacturer GE has also announced plans to build its 12MW Haliade-X turbine in Guangdong, China, and to target China and other regional markets.