Semikron and Goldwind partnership
capitalises on strong growth in Chinese wind energy market
Nuremberg, 26 August 2010 – Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co., Ltd. (“Goldwind”; Shenzhen Stock Exchange: 002202) recently signed a sales contract directly with Semikron China thereby ensuring the continued supply of SKiiP intelligent power modules and complete Semistack power electronic assemblies for the Goldwind wind power generators. This order further seals the business partnership of Goldwind and Semikron which provides solutions for the growing Chinese wind energy market.
“It is an honor to now be the direct supplier for Goldwind” says Lixin Ren, managing director of Semikron Greater China. “Semikron technology powers nearly half of the globally installed wind power capacity and Goldwind is one of the top five wind turbine manufacturers in the world. This is a perfect business combination. Our goal is to establish a long-term business relationship providing the most efficient technology and best service beneficial to both companies.” The power electronics are optimized for wind power applications: SKiiP are the most powerful intelligent power modules on the market with a long service life. The SEMISTACK power assemblies boast a high power density of 12 kW/ litre and a flexible modular design.
“A high quality supplier plays a vital role in the development of Goldwind and helps us grow and stay one of the leading wind turbine manufacturers in China,” says Mr. Kai Wu, Supply Chain Management General Manager of Goldwind. “The state-of-the-art technology, reliable product quality and professional technical support of Semikron met our high standard of requirement. Semikron`s experience in stack design and production gave us confidence that we can work together and achieve long-term success.”
In 2009, Semikron expanded its global network of Solution Centers to Zhuhai, China. The new solution center specializes in the design and manufacture of SEMISTACK power assemblies based on SKiiP for wind generators and solar power inverters. Customers can benefit from “made in China with German quality” power assemblies with flexible and customized designs, local technical support, fast deliveries and competitive pricing.
Goldwind is one of the first enterprises in China focusing on innovative research and manufacturing solutions for wind turbines. Since 2000, Goldwind has had an average annual growth of hundred percent for the last ten consecutive years. Goldwind was one of the top five global suppliers of wind power generators with a market share of 7.2 percent of the newly installed wind power capacity in 2009.
China has the world’s second largest wind power capacity after the US and just ahead of Germany. In 2009, 13,7 GW wind power was installed thereby more than doubling the cumulative installed capacity in a single year, which has now reached 25.8GW (Source: BTM Consult APS, March 2010).
Photo: “It is an honor to now be the direct supplier for Goldwind” says Lixin Ren, managing director of Semikron Greater China.
Semikron is an internationally leading power semiconductor manufacturer. Founded in 1951, the German-based family enterprise employs 3200 people worldwide. Semikron comprises a global network of 35 companies with production plants in China, Korea, India, South Africa, Brazil, USA, Italy, France, Slovakia and Germany that guarantees fast and competent on-site customer care.
The products range from chips, discrete semiconductors, transistor, diode and thyristor power modules to customer specific solutions and integrated power electronic systems for applications from one kilowatt into the Megawatt range. Semikron is the market leader in the field of diode/thyristor semiconductor modules, with a 37% share of the worldwide market. (Source: IMS Research „The worldwide market for power semiconductor discretes and modules“ 2008).
Semikron technology powers nearly half of the globally installed wind power capacity. According to a survey carried out by BTM Consult ApS, the total wind power capacity installed until 2009 was 122 Gigawatt. 57 Gigawatt comprises semiconductors from Semikron. “Semikron inside” has become a trademark for markets such as industrial drives, power supplies, renewable energy, battery vehicles and the rail industry. In 2009 Semikron formed a 50/50 joint venture with Magna Electronics to develop and produce inverters and chargers for electric and hybrid vehicles. As a significant innovator in the power electronics sector, many of Semikron’s developments have been accepted as industrial standards.
Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co., Ltd. is one of the first wind turbine researching and manufacturing enterprises in China with strongest self innovation capabilities. The Permanent Magnet Direct Drive technology with the company’s own Independent Intellectual Property Rights represents the most advanced technology route in the wind power industry worldwide. The products are integrated in major national power generators, but also in international markets such as Europe and America. Goldwind was listed in the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (Stock Code: 002202) in 2007. The company’s revenue and net profit exceeded 10.7 billion RMB and 1.7 billion RMB respectively for the financial year 2009.
Since its foundation, Goldwind has been committed to its mission of “ Preserving White Clouds and Blue sky for Human Beings and Reserving More Resources for Future.” Up to June 30, 2010, Goldwind has accumulated sales of more than 8,000 turbine units, which equals annual savings of 7 million tons of coal, reduced carbon dioxide emission of 17 million tons and preserving 9.5 million cubic meter of forest.