Huadian orders 234 MW

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In a deal worth CNY 1.4 billion ($200.4 million), CSR Times, otherwise known as CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Research Institute Company Limited, is to supply 142, 1.65 MW turbines to Huadian New Energy Development, a subsidiary of one of the country's five big state power giants. The two companies have also signed a strategic co-operation agreement for future developments. Much of the 234.3 MW of capacity is destined for a number of wind farms planned by Huadian in North China's Inner Mongolia, West China's Xinjiang, and the country's eastern coastal regions. The first 20 units, however, will go up at a 36.3 MW plant Huadian is developing in the central Chinese province of Hunan, says the company's Fang Yi. CSR Time's parent company is China South Locomotive and Rolling Stock Limited, one of the country's two leading rail equipment manufacturers. Its 1.65 MW turbine is the result of a technology transfer agreement with Windtec of Austria, now owned by American Superconductor. Several other Chinese companies have similar licence agreements with Windtec, while American Superconductor has also signed a deal with an Indian firm for the same 1.65 MW model offered by CSR to be produced and sold in India (page 31). CSR, which has operated a prototype of the 1.65 MW machine for six months, is based in Zhuzhou city in Central China. Its current manufacturing capacity amounts to 200 turbines a year. The company's first venture into the wind sector was in 2006. It supplies electric parts for 750 kW and 1.5 MW machines produced by China's leading wind turbine supplier, Goldwind.

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