AMSC new 2MW turbine design ready

AMSC says its new 2MW wind turbine design with larger rotors for low wind speed regions is now available for licensing, with target markets in Africa, Asia, Europe and the US.

The new 2MW turbine design with a 113 meter rotor will is expected to deliver nearly 20% more energy than AMSC’s 2MW turbine design 93 meter rotor.

“We believe that AMSC’s new low wind speed turbine makes it possible to achieve a low cost of energy at the low wind speed sites that were previously inaccessible or not economically compelling,” says chief executive Daniel McGahn.

“The new low-wind speed design is expected to lower cost of energy by as much as 12% compared to previous AMSC designs, increasing its competitiveness with traditional fossil fuels,” he adds.

AMSC expects that low wind speed turbines will open new markets in regions that are “saturated” with wind farms such as southern Germany. Other potential applications are in India, the Middle East and China near urban centers, which could reduce long-distance transmission bottlenecks.

The turbine design is available for all climate conditions and various hub heights, plus in doubly-fed and full conversion drive train architectures.

Separately, AMSC says it has successfully completed the “A-Design Assessment” according to the latest GL2010 onshore guideline for its 2 MW wind turbine design with 93 meter and 100 meter rotor.

DEWI-Offshore and Certification Center (DEWI-OCC), a certification body for onshore and offshore wind turbines and their components, did the assessment. The center has accreditation from the DAkkS (Deutsches Akkreditierungssystem Prüfwesen).

AMSC says it is one the first companies to successfully comply with GL2010, which is the latest GL guideline.

The assessment covers all aspects of the safety and control concept, load assumptions and load calculations, and all components of the system. Inox Wind in India is AMSC’s first partner to utilize the certification.