Chinese Sinovel close to launching 3 MW turbine

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Beijing company Sinovel, China's second largest wind turbine supplier after Goldwind, is moving closer to launching its 3 MW machine on the market. It has contracted Germanischer Lloyd (GL) in Germany to certify the turbine and has placed an $18 million order with American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) for electrical equipment for the 3 MW turbine for delivery over the next 15 months. The plan is for the turbine to be on the market this year, with large-scale production kicking off in 2009. GL is conducting a full wind turbine design assessment of the SL3000 machine, which is to be produced in an offshore and onshore version. "The pro-cess comprises the assessment of all installation components including tower, rotor blades, mechanical as well as electrical components and safety system," GL says. The machine was designed in partnership with AMSC Windtec. The companies are also working together on a 5 MW model, while Sinovel's current 1.5 MW machine is also a Windtec design and uses AMSC technology. Unlike the 1.5 MW, which is produced under a licence agreement with AMSC Windtec, Sinovel owns the full intellectual property rights to both the 3 MW and 5 MW machines.

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