AMSC and U.S. Department of Energy Agree to Collaborate on 10 Megawatt-Class Superconductor Wind Turbines

- Project Focuses on Significantly Increasing Wind Turbine Power Capacity to Reduce Cost of Wind-Generated Electricity - AMSC Windtec Design Expertise and AMSC's Superconductor Motor Technology Core to New Designs

Under the 12-month program, AMSC Windtec™, a wholly owned subsidiary of AMSC, will analyze the cost of a full 10 MW-class superconductor wind turbine, which will include a direct drive superconductor generator and all other components, including the blades, hub, power electronics, nacelle, tower and controls. The NWTC will then benchmark and evaluate the wind turbine's economic impact, both in terms of its initial cost and its overall cost of energy.

The Switch ( a provider of megawatt-class permanent magnet generator and full-power converter packages for wind power and other new energy applications, has announced technologies to enable wind installations to more effectively capture wind power and transform it to significantly higher energy production. With its innovative drive train technology, The Switch plans to take successes gained in European and Asian wind installations to bolster its presence in North America, one of the highest growth areas for new wind turbine installations. With production facilities in Hudson, NH, The Switch is well positioned to address the needs of North American customers in 2009 and beyond.

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