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6.5MW China wind turbine to reach new low in offshore wind costs

Ming Yang completes first 6.5MW SCD prototype wind turbine set to take down China offshore wind power costs to new level

Ming Yang said the 6.5MW wind turbine will lower the costs of China offshore wind power generation

A 6.5MW wind turbine prototype has been completed in China which developers claim will take down offshore wind power costs in the BRIC country to a "new level." China Ming Yang Wind Power Group, a leading wind turbine manufacturer in China, has announced completion of the prototype, which has world-beating design capacity and has been developed mainly for offshore wind operations.

Ming Yang said the wind power prototype, which is the company's first 6.5MW super compact drive (SCD) wind turbine generator, has the largest design capacity of its kind in the world and will lower the cost of offshore wind power generation in China. Installation and testing of the wind turbine is expected to commence in the third quarter of 2013.

The wind energy news from Ming Yang follows the company making significant developments in China wind power in 2013. This includes the company forming a joint venture with a subsidiary of China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) in June to build 300MW of China wind power projects.

The 6.5MW SCD wind turbine prototype utilises Ming Yang's advanced two-bladed SCD technology. The company said it believes the wind turbine currently has the largest design capacity of its kind in the world.

"We are very proud to complete our 6.5MW SCD prototype design and production within our time and budget schedules," said Mr. Chuanwei Zhang, chairman and chief executive officer of Ming Yang. "We believe that the 6.5MW design would enable us to offer a solution that helps to further lower the cost of off-shore wind power generation in China to a new level."