in News Departments > Products & Technologies
print the content item

American Superconductor Corp. (AMSC), a technology company headquartered in Westborough, Mass., and TECO-Westinghouse Motor Co. (TWMC), a motor and generator manufacturer headquartered in Round Rock, Texas, have formed a research joint venture to develop high-temperature superconductor (HTS) and related technologies for high-power, direct drive wind generators for offshore wind farms.

Direct drive wind generator systems that use HTS wire instead of copper wire for the generator's rotor are intended to be much smaller, lighter and more efficient than conventional generators and gearboxes. According to the companies, the net effect is expected to be a lower cost of wind-generated electricity, particularly for offshore wind farms.

AMSC and TWMC received an award from the National Institute of Science and Technology's Advanced Technology Program, which is providing $3.4 million in funding toward the $6.8 million research project to be conducted under the joint venture.

IowaDeptEconDevel_id1863

Helukabel_id1908
Latest Top Stories

Kansas Renewables Mandate Survives Yet Another Attack, But Is It Too Early To Celebrate?

Over the past three years, some legislators have tried to either weaken or repeal the state's renewable portfolio standard, which requires Kansas utilities to reach 20% renewables by 2020.


AWEA Highlights U.S. Wind Success Stories Of 2013

Despite a 92% drop in new capacity last year, the sector still has myriad reasons to celebrate, according to a new report from the American Wind Energy Association.


Feds List New Bird Species As Threatened - Should Wind Developers Be Worried?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is designating the lesser prairie-chicken as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. An expert explains how this might affect the wind industry.


Senate Committee Passes Bill With Two-Year PTC Extension

The Senate Finance Committee has voted on a tax extenders package, which includes both the production tax credit (PTC) and investment tax credit, and sent it to the floor.


Five Common Gearbox Failures And How To Identify Them

Wind turbine gearbox failures are a major source of unplanned maintenance costs. An expert explains the most frequent failure modes and offers prevention tips.

WomenofWind_id
Acciona_id1907
UEA_id1896
JLG_id1900
bonfiglioli_id1913
AWEA_id1886