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CSIC Haizhuang 5MW prototypes achieve full power

New design on test at Rudong inter-tidal wind farm

Grid connection and full power have been achieved for two 5MW offshore prototypes produced by CSIC Haizhuang and installed last autumn at the Rudong inter-tidal wind farm in the east China province of Jiangsu.

Like many Chinese wind turbine manufacturers, CSIC (Chongqing) Haizhuang Windpower Equipment Co is focused on the rapid development of larger machines designed for offshore deployment.

The two pitch-controlled variable speed prototypes with 154m rotor diameter were installed at Longyuan Power's 150MW Rudong project late last year.

Commenting, Haizhuang chair, Yang Benxin, emphasised that his company's offshore wind development programme is underpinned by close relations with several European firms – notably, Mecal, LM and Lehnhoff Consulting - and that it has set up a research and development centre in Denmark.

Another Chinese wind turbine manufacturer that operates a Danish R&D centre is Envision.

Guodian United Power has also installed and grid connected an offshore prototype, with a 6MW machine installed at Weifang, Shandong province.

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