"The development of this offshore machine is an indication of China’s domination of key technologies for designing large wind turbines," said the President of Shanghai Electric Power, Xu Jianguo.
The 3.6-MW turbine is an indirect drive (with gearbox) machine and has a twin-feed, asynchronous generator. It boasts a rotor diameter of 116 metres, and has variable pitch blades. So far, only one prototype exists, which will be installed in Lingang Park owned by the same company. However, according to local reports, Shanghai Electric Power intends to assemble a second machine before the end of 2010. After completing the necessary tests, the company plans to mass produce this new wind turbine at its Dogtai industrial complex in Jiangsu province.
Shanghai Electric Power has been manufacturing turbines for five years and has installed close to three hundred MW on land as well as a 2-MW offshore prototype. Its product catalogue includes a 1.25-MW and a 2-MW machine designed by European technologists. The new offshore machine is the first to be designed in house.
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