AMSC today announced that Inox Wind Limited, part of India’s Inox Group of Companies, placed a follow-on order for 50 of AMSC’s electrical control systems (ECS) for Inox’s 2 megawatt (MW) wind turbines. AMSC expects to ship all of these systems to Inox in 2012. This is the fourth volume order that AMSC has received from Inox in the past two years.
“Inox is producing some of the best performing and most attractive wind turbines for the Indian market, which have been designed with consideration for Indian site conditions and low cost of operation and maintenance,” said Devansh Jain, director of Inox Wind Limited. “We were amongst the first manufacturers to begin producing 2 MW turbines locally in volumes and have quickly established a leadership position in the market. This position is strengthened by our vertical approach, which includes best-in-class manufacturing as well as project development. We look forward to continuing our growth with AMSC at our side.”
AMSC’s ECS are an integrated, high-performance suite of power electronics systems that include the wind turbine power converter cabinet, internal power supply and various controls. Together, these systems serve as the “brains” of the wind turbine and enable reliable, high-performance operation by controlling power flows, regulating voltage, monitoring system performance, controlling the pitch of wind turbine blades and the yaw of the turbines to maximize efficiency.
The ECS are being utilized in Inox’s 2 MW doubly-fed induction turbines, which were designed by and licensed from AMSC in 2009.
“Already the third largest wind power market in the world, India is supporting renewables in a significant way. In fact, the country recently introduced generation-based incentives for wind power, which incentivize project developers to select turbines that lower their levelized cost of energy and maximize their power output,” said Daniel P. McGahn, President and CEO, AMSC. “This policy is sure to benefit a fully integrated player like Inox, who is committed to providing high-quality, competitively priced wind turbines with exceptional performance and reliability.”