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AMSC, a Massachusetts-based solutions provider serving the wind and power grid industry, has announced the availability of its newest wind turbine design. The company says the 2 MW turbine has a rotor diameter of 113 meters and a swept area of 10,039 square meters, making it ideal for low-wind-speed regions.

"The new low-wind-speed design is expected to lower cost of energy by as much as 12 percent compared to previous AMSC designs, increasing its competitiveness with traditional fossil fuels," says Daniel P. McGahn, CEO of AMSC.

This new turbine design is expected to deliver nearly 20% more energy than AMSC’s 2 MW turbine design with a 93-meter rotor. It is available with doubly-fed and full-conversion drivetrain architectures, as well as with AMSC grid-support solutions such as low-voltage ride-through capability and the wtWPC wind park controller.

AMSC says low-wind-speed turbines are expected to open up new markets in regions that are already saturated with wind farms, such as southern Germany and parts of the U.S., and emerging markets, such as the Middle East and Africa. India has a large number of sites with low-wind resources. Additionally, the company says turbines designed for low wind speed can also be ideally located close to population centers. In China, such turbines near urban centers can reduce the bottlenecks on the transmission system that can be caused by the long-distance transmission of electricity, AMSC adds.

Furthermore, AMSC has announced that it has successfully completed the A-Design Assessment according to the latest GL2010 onshore guideline for its 2 MW wind turbine design with a 93-meter and 100-meter rotor. The certification was completed by the DEWI-Offshore and Certification Center, a certification body for onshore and offshore turbines and their components.



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