The globalization of the renewable energy business continues without pause.
Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Goldwind is using components manufactured by Finnish permanent magnetic generator firm The Switch at its new US manufacturing facilities, both companies announced.
The companies are making the move in part to be closer to their customers, executives at both firms said.
“With the rapid expansion of our business into the international marketplaces including the US, we are looking forward to working more closely with The Switch to deliver industry-leading technologies and products to our American customers,” Goldwind Executive Vice President Cao Zhigang said in announcing the new contract.
The Switch has been active in China since its foundation in 2006, and as Chinese firms have started to change their products to meet international standards on transmission grid requirements the Finnish firm has gone expanded with their Chinese customers globally.
“Since the beginning, Goldwind has demonstrated an openness for cooperation and appreciation towards providers of the latest technology,” The Switch president and CEO Jukka-Pekka Makinen said. “That has resulted in a wind turbine offering based on the most advanced technology that is well suited for international markets.”
The Switch will be delivering full-power converters to Goldwind. The Finnish company also makes permanent magnet generators, which it describes in a video here on Breaking Energy.
Goldwind is joining other Chinese firms investing in US manufacturing capacity, including a new Suntech solar panel manufacturing project underway in Arizona.
In a picture taken on September 30, 2010 the blades of wind-turbines sit on a truck outside a factory in Boading in China’s northen Hubei province. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)