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ENERGY RESOURCE-17 April 2007-American Superconductor Receives New Orders for Wind Power Products(C)2007 JeraOne -

American Superconductor Corporation today announced that its PowerModule power converter technology has been selected to manage power for a new wind energy storage system that is expected to increase the uniformity of electricity from wind farms.

AMSC also reported another new order for its D-VAR reactive compensation product to enable the connection of a wind farm in Scotland to the local power grid.

With the addition of the two orders, AMSC now has an installed base and orders for D-VAR and PowerModule solutions to serve nearly 3,000 megawatts (MW) of wind power worldwide, triple the amount served by AMSC 12 months ago.

AMSC's PowerModule power electronic converters have been ordered by VRB Power Systems Inc. of Vancouver, British Columbia, and will be integrated into its energy storage systems. The VRB Power technology can store excess wind-generated energy when the demand is low and release it when the demand exceeds the available wind-generated power.

The storage system has the potential to increase the supply reliability of wind energy and reduce the cost of the reserve requirements from generation plants, said AMSC, and expands the breadth of AMSC's offerings in the wind industry.

Scottish Hydro Contracting ordered six megaVAR (MVAR) D-VAR systems for the Millennium wind farm, which is under construction in Scotland. The system will help regulate voltage so that the 40-megawatt (MW) wind farm can meet the United Kingdom's grid interconnection standards.

The Millennium wind farm will be the ninth wind farm located in the United Kingdom and the 26th wind farm worldwide to utilize AMSC's D-VAR solution. Delivery of the system is expected in the second half of calendar 2007.

With the addition of the Scottish wind farm and the VRB order, AMSC now has an installed base and orders for D-VAR and PowerModule solutions to serve nearly 3,000 megawatts (MW) of wind power worldwide, triple the amount served by AMSC 12 months ago.With approximately 15,000 MW of wind power capacity installed worldwide in 2006, the additional 2,000 MW served by AMSC over the past year represents a significant share of the overall wind power market.

"AMSC's wind energy solutions are the products of choice for today's wind farm developers and contractors seeking to develop and deploy world class, wind-generation systems," said Greg Yurek, founder and CEO of AMSC. "The D-VAR has become the standard for wind farm operators facing strict grid interconnection standards while the PowerModule's flexibility and configurability makes it ideally suited for many industries and applications such as the renewable energy market."

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