Hitachi ABB wins major contract for WindSTAR transformers

Sep 14, 2020
Posted by Patrick Haddad

Hitachi ABB Power Grids has signed a significant purchase agreement with the renowned wind turbine manufacturer, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind (MHI Vestas).

The global technology pioneer will deliver its high performance WindSTAR transformers to MHI Vestas’ offshore wind projects in Taiwan.

The agreement represents a breakthrough for Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ entry into the offshore wind market in Taiwan. The business has established a local partnership to supply key components for the production of the specialist WindSTAR transformers.

The transformers will be used in the country’s fast-growing offshore wind electricity generation sector, which expects 5.5 gigawatts (GW) of new offshore wind power by 2025. Just one GW of offshore wind has the potential to provide clean, renewable energy to 320,000 people, based on Taiwan’s electricity consumption per capita.(1)

“Our partnership with MHI Vestas and local manufacturers in Taiwan is part of our goal of enabling a cleaner energy system that will significantly benefit local communities,” said Bruno Melles, Managing Director of the Transformers business unit in Hitachi ABB Power Grids.

“These high-voltage transformers are vital to ensuring that maximum electricity output reaches end consumers in Taiwan and to driving down the levelised cost of energy,” said Maida Zahirovic, MHI Vestas Taiwan Business Director.

“The collaboration between Hitachi ABB Power Grids and their local suppliers, Shihlin Electric & Engineering Corporation means that localisation of key offshore wind technologies continues alongside world-class production of transformers.”

Source: Hitachi ABB

Photo courtesy of Hitachi ABB


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