Amarillo Globe News – Cielo to use Samsung’s first wind turbines

August 6th, 2009  |  Published in In the News, Articles

By Kevin Welch
Location of Article – Amarillo Globe News
Original Article URL – Cielo to use Samsung’s first wind turbines
Date – August 6, 2009

Cielo Wind Power announced Wednesday it will install and operate the first three wind turbines produced by South Korean powerhouse Samsung Heavy Industries.
Austin-based Cielo has developed four wind farms in the region, and Samsung is most noted for building ships.

Cielo will install the turbines, with serial numbers 1, 2 and 3, by 2011 near Lubbock, said President Walt Hornaday. Texas Tech University will provide access to wind research and development staff.

The partners are calling the installation the Lubbock Wind Ranch.

Samsung reported $8.4 billion in revenue during 2008, according to its Web site.

“Having a company as large as Samsung come into the wind business is something,” Hornaday said.

Samsung’s expertise in building ship propellers and their control systems allowed the company to announce the wind prototypes nine months after starting design work, according to the company. One core part of a wind power generator is the blade, and those are closely related to propellers.
Samsung is looking for a U.S. location to build a manufacturing plant for its wind equipment.

The 2.5-megawatt capacity of each turbine planned for the Lubbock area is at the top end of current land-based turbines. The plan also is to build 5-megawatt turbines for offshore.

Samsung said its turbines will be more efficient, easy to maintain and will last five years longer than current models.