AMSC has entered into an agreement to be supplier of electrical control systems for Doosan’s 5.5 MW offshore wind turbine, South Korea’s most powerful domestically manufactured offshore wind turbine.
The agreement expands Doosan’s offshore wind turbine product line of 3 MW turbines to include 5.5 MW turbines. The 5.5 MW had been under joint development by Hyundai Electric & Energy Systems (Hyundai) and AMSC.
Doosan acquired the prototype turbine, design, and rights to manufacture and sell the 5.5 MW wind turbines. The 5.5 MW unit has been operating for nearly three years in South Korea’s Jeju Island. In 2016 during typhoon Chaba, the turbine withstood the fourth most powerful typhoon on record to hit South Korea with winds reaching 124 mph.
AMSC president and chief executive Daniel McGahn said “This agreement helps us grow our market presence in both the South Korean and the growing global offshore wind market, allying AMSC with a premium global brand.”
Doosan is the engineering, procurement contractor and wind turbine supplier of the first phase of South Korea’s Southwestern Offshore wind project, a 2.5 GW project being developed by a state-owned company, Korean Offshore Wind Power.
Doosan will supply its turbines to the project’s first, 60 MW phase which is expected to come online by 2019.
The 5.5 MW turbine design and prototype is the product of a joint development between South Korea-based Hyundai and AMSC. AMSC’s wind turbine electrical control systems include the company's proprietary PowerModule power converters, pitch and yaw converters, SCADA systems and other power electronics.