American Superconductor supplying wire and cable system for Tres Amigas station

Albuquerque, N.M., October 14, 2009 — American Superconductor Corp., an energy technologies company, said Superconductor Electricity Pipelines have been chosen for the Tres Amigas project, a renewable energy market hub.

Superconductor Electricity Pipelines are transmission-level direct current superconductor power cables powered by AMSC high temperature superconductor wire and high-powered voltage-source AC/DC power converters.

The Tres Amigas project focuses on uniting America’s three power grids to enable faster adoption of renewable energy and increase the reliability of the U.S. grid.

The three U.S. power grids – or interconnections – are known as the Eastern Interconnection, the Western Interconnection and the Texas Interconnection (also known as the Eastern Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT).

Power transmission within these three power grids is accomplished primarily using alternating current (AC) power transmission lines. Power transfer between any two of the interconnections, however, can only be accomplished through special power electronic conversion stations.

This is commonly achieved by first converting AC power in one grid to DC as an intermediate power form at a substation, then reconverting from DC back to AC before reaching the adjacent grid. This, in effect, synchronizes power flows.

While there are several relatively small bilateral DC links existing today between two interconnections, all three interconnections have never been united by one system.

The Tres Amigas renewable energy market hub will be a multi-mile, triangular electricity pathway of Superconductor Electricity Pipelines capable of transferring and balancing many gigawatts of renewable power between the three interconnections.

Similar to highway rotaries used for traffic flow control, multiple power transmission lines from each of the interconnections will feed power into and out of the Tres Amigas Superstation through multiple AC/DC converters, each connected by DC superconductor cables.

Tres Amigas, which will be a balancing authority, will help ensure the efficient and reliable flow of power from multiple renewable generation sources in all three power grids to customers across a wide area of the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

The Superstation will act as a power market hub, enabling the buying and selling of electricity between the nation’s three interconnections, which is not possible today. Wind, solar, hydro and geothermal renewable energy sources that do not currently have access to transmission lines and/or customers will be able to tap into multiple markets through the Tres Amigas SuperStation.

For example, regions rich in solar energy will be able to buy electricity at night, when the sun is not shining, from regions rich in wind energy. As a merchant transmission system, Tres Amigas will charge a fee for usage of the power hub.

Tres Amigas will be constructed in Clovis, New Mexico, a location that has easy access to all three of the nation’s power grids. New Mexico’s State Land Office already has granted Tres Amigas, LLC the right to lease 14,400 acres (22.5 square miles) of land in Clovis for this system.

Tres Amigas, LLC is now in the process of filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a declaratory order that transmission lines that connect to Tres Amigas from ERCOT will not come under the jurisdiction of FERC and that Tres Amigas can be operated as a merchant transmission entity.

Following the project’s approval, AMSC is expected to provide transmission planning services, superconductor wire and the superconductor cable system for the project. AMSC intends to partner with some of the industry’s leading superconductor power cable and system component companies to manufacture the cable system to AMSC’s specification.

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American Superconductor Corp forms India unit

Devens, Mass., September 9, 2009 — American Superconductor Corp., a global energy technologies company, formed AMSC India to serve India’s growing wind energy and power grid markets with AMSC’s power electronics and superconductor-based solutions.

With its regional head office in Delhi and a service office in Pune, it will provide local applications engineering, sales, business development and field service support.

According to the World Bank, roughly 40 percent of residences in India are without electricity, and blackouts are a common occurrence throughout the country’s main cities.

To address this shortfall, the Indian government has established the “Power for All by 2012″ plan that will require the country’s installed generation capacity to grow from 140,000 MW to nearly 225,000 MW by 2012. It also will require billions of dollars of investment in India’s transmission and distribution infrastructure.

According to the Global Wind Energy Council’s Global Wind 2008 Report, India now ranks fifth in the world in terms of total installed wind power capacity. Capacity in the country grew by 22 percent in 2008 to 9,600 MW. The Indian Wind Energy Association estimates that the country has 65,000 MW of wind power potential.

AMSC’s first two wind turbine manufacturing customers in India are Ghodawat Energy Limited and Inox Wind Limited. Both licensed AMSC Windtec turbine designs within the past 18 months.

AMSC, which is the exclusive power electronic system supplier for all Ghodawat and Inox wind turbines, announced today that it has received initial orders for five wind turbine electrical systems from Ghodawat and three wind turbine electrical systems from Inox.

Ghodawat, based in Kolhapur in the state of Maharashtra, India, will use the electrical systems for its initial production of 1.65 MW wind turbines designed by AMSC Windtec. Ghodawat, in collaboration with AMSC Windtec and AMSC India, has successfully erected and tested its first reference 1.65 MW wind turbine.

Inox, located in Noida in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India, plans to begin volume production of 2 MW wind turbines designed by AMSC Windtec in 2010. Inox is in the process of collaborating with AMSC Windtec and AMSC India to erect its first reference wind turbine prior to initiation of volume production in 2010.