Local business, S. Korean firm to work on wind farm

Posted on December 17, 2009. Filed under: Economic development, Wind |

From an article by Karen Rivedal in the Wisconsin State Journal:

A local wind energy business is introducing a major new international player into the wind industry in North America, starting with a six-turbine wind farm expected to be built northwest of Madison next year.

Wave Wind LLC of Sun Prairie, formed in 2007, is partnering with Hyundai Heavy Industries — the world’s largest ship builder and a diversified industrial manufacturer based in Seoul, South Korea, with more than $15 billion in annual sales — to develop the wind farm and perhaps up to 15 other projects throughout the country.

“We’re bringing them into the market,” said Tim Laughlin, president and co-founder of Wave Wind, at 4589 Highway TT. “It’s important for us to do this, and it’s great for the wind industry.”

Under the agreement forged between the two companies this fall, HHI will make the parts for the six turbine generators — in that company’s first-ever foray into turbine manufacturing — and Wave Wind will transport the pieces from the port of Houston to Wisconsin.

Wave Wind then will assemble the generators, together with blades and towers made by U.S. manufacturers, and erect the structures on leased farmland permitted for wind energy and located about 15 miles northwest of Madison. Laughlin said he couldn’t be more specific about the site because the legal details were still being finalized.

It will be the first wind farm owned and operated by Wave Wind, which previously has been more of a service provider for clients including wind farm developers and turbine manufacturers. The company has completed 26 jobs in 12 states and two foreign countries since 2007, most of them involving turbine assembly or maintenance for small to mid-sized wind projects, plus some project planning and material handling, transport and storage.


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