AMSC gets second wind turbine control order from Hyundai

Devens, Mass., November 18, 2009 — American Superconductor Corp., a global power technologies company, received a follow-on order for 30 sets of electrical control systems from Hyundai Heavy Industries for its 1.65 MW wind turbines now in production in South Korea.

AMSC also has received an electrical control systems order for HHI’s 2 MW wind turbine prototypes. All of the systems will be shipped to HHI by the end of May 2010.

AMSC’s wind turbine electrical control systems and core electrical components include the company’s PowerModule power converters, pitch and yaw converters, SCADA systems and other power electronics.

They enable reliable, high-performance wind turbine 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.

Based in Ulsan, South Korea, HHI is the world’s largest shipbuilder, a global leader in turnkey power plants and offshore projects, and a global supplier of high voltage electrical equipment.

HHI licensed 1.65 MW and 2 MW wind turbine designs from AMSC’s wholly owned AMSC Windtec unit in 2008. The company entered volume production of 1.65 MW wind turbines in October 2009 and plans to commence production of 2 MW wind turbines in 2010.

HHI installed and commissioned its first reference 1.65 MW wind turbine near its manufacturing facility in Ulsan, South Korea in June 2009, less than one year after licensing the design from AMSC Windtec.

In September 2009, HHI announced Wave Wind, LLC as its first wind turbine customer in the U.S. HHI has invested nearly $90 million to build a wind turbine manufacturing plant in Gunsan with an annual capacity of 600 MW. The company plans to expand the capacity of the facility to 800 MW by 2013.

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