DeWind wins first U.S. wind turbine contract

The turbines will be erected at the 20-MW Little Pringle wind farm in the Texas panhandle.

Wind turbine manufacturer DeWind, a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Energy (DSME, Okpo, South Korea), has won a $30 million order for 10 units of 2-MW-scale wind turbines from Little Pringle LLC (Pringle Texas) in the U.S. The turbines are scheduled to be delivered in the early part of this year and will be installed in the Little Pringle wind farm, in the Panhandle region of Texas. The company plans to generate commercial power starting this summer.

These 10 units, D8.2 models, represent a total capacity 20 MW. The DeWind D8.2 converts the variable speed of the wind rotor into constant speed with a synchronous generator, which is directly connected to the grid. This means that a complex electronic component is replaced with a low-wear drive system without any power electronics. 

YoungYoul Goh, chief strategy officer of DSME, said,“This transaction is the latest step in a sequence of events focused upon establishing a strong beachhead for DSME, and for DeWind turbine deployment in the U.S. and signifies the reintroduction of the DeWind products to the U.S. market. It is the first of many new turbine orders expected subsequent to DSME’s acquisition of DeWind Co in late 2009. DeWind will continue to focus on leveraging the complementary strengths of DSME to close and complete wind turbine orders in 2010 and beyond.”