Chinese wind OEM MingYang Smart Energy has named Wei Chen as general of manager of its first international outpost, in Germany, as plans start to take shape to begin manufacturing its new 11MW offshore model for the European market.

Chen, who worked in renewables certification at DNV GL prior to joining MingYang, will head up the turbine maker’s new MYSE European Business & Engineering Centre in Hamburg, as it aims “to introduce the latest offshore turbine products into the European market and deepen the technical and commercial cooperation with those partners in Europe”.

“With [Chen’s] experience, commitment and extensive accomplishments during his career, we look forward to the many contributions he will bring to MingYang and shape our global strategies,” said the company.

“What's more, aiming to deepen cooperation with partners in Europe and provide better service, we are looking forward to a rapid expansion of the Hamburg team in the near future.”

Earlier this month, MingYang unveiled its 11MW MYSE11-203 concept, launched as “the world's biggest hybrid-drive wind turbine”, with plans for the turbine to be ready for market by 2022.

Recharge recently revealed the OEM could see profits almost double in the first half of this year, in a signal of the huge bounty China’s big turbine makers reaping from a historic dash to build wind farms ahead of the Asian superpower’s subsidy deadlines.

Ming Yang set to supply the turbine for China’s first tender for a floating wind deployment, with current schedules foreseeing the flagship to be in the sea as soon as July 2021.