Chinese manufacturer develops 3 MW and 5 MW turbines

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China's Sinovel Wind Corporation is to develop 3 MW and 5 MW machines for use both onshore and offshore together with Windtec, a small Austrian company recently bought by American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC). Sinovel will entirely own the industrial and intellectual property rights to the turbines, but AMSC has prior delivery right to sell future electrical components to Sinovel for the units. Sinovel already manufactures a 1.5 MW machine under a Windtec licence, sourcing the electrical components from AMSC. It says it has turbine orders for more than $1 billion. With new manufacturing plants due to open soon in Inner Mongolia and Jiangsu, adding to its existing plant in Dalian, Northeast China, Sinovel hopes to begin series production of the 3 MW units in 2009 and the 5 MW units a year later. Meantime, the company plans to turn out 500 wind turbines this year, 800 in 2008 and reach an annual capacity of 1000 turbines in 2010," says Sinovel's Han Junliang.

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