Michigan Starts Utility-Scale Wind Turbine Manufacturing

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“Development of the wind energy sector is a key piece of Michigan’s strategy to diversify our economy and create clean energy jobs,” said Governor Granholm at a news conference in Lansing. “The agreement announced today helps to solidify the state’s emerging leadership in this industry.”

Northern Power Systems will build the direct drive wind turbines in its Saginaw facility where it will employ up to 137 workers by 2014.

Northern says a U.S. Energy Department grant will help the company commercialize its proprietary combination of permanent magnet generators and advanced direct-drive design, which eliminates the need for a high torque gearbox, simplifying turbine design and producing up to 15 percent higher efficiency….

via Michigan Starts Utility-Scale Wind Turbine Manufacturing.


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