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Chinese Wind Power Company opens facility at NC State

China Ming Yang Wind Power Group Limited, a China-based wind turbine manufacturer, opened its North American Research and Development Center on the Centennial Campus, at North Carolina State University's Research Park and Technology Campus in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The center will focus research on offshore wind turbines to further enhance energy output and lower the cost of electricity, as part of Ming Yang's newly developed wind turbine generator.

"We welcome Ming Yang Wind Power to North Carolina. As the first industrial large-scale wind turbine research and development facility in the state, we look forward to a successful partnership in harnessing North Carolina's wind power potential," said Gov. Bev Perdue.

A number of indirect jobs will be created as part of construction of the wind power facilities. As an incentive to locating in the state, North Carolina Department of Commerce's Green Business Fund offers grants to companies that develop and market alternative energy technology and products.

"We are very excited to set up a new research and development center on NCSU's Centennial Campus to focus on cutting-edge technology research for our new wind turbines," said Chuanwei Zhang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ming Yang.

"The R&D center is Ming Yang's first step into the United States. North Carolina is a proven natural ground for a new wind turbine since the state has the best offshore wind resources on the east coast. The concept of modular technology that is being developed will likely be applicable to the rest of Ming Yang's product line, which will help to lower the cost of energy and increase reliability to make our wind turbines internationally competitive," said Yang.

As an incentive the firm will utilize expertise in the field available at the university. "We chose Centennial Campus as the location of our new research and development center to leverage the multi-disciplinary talent pool and provide a conducive environment for more innovations in this field," said Dr. Shu Ching Quek, President of Ming Yang USA. "Our focus is to reduce the cost of energy. This can be achieved through advanced manufacturing methods and increase of efficiency from turbine to farm level system optimization."

"This is an important collaboration for us," said Terri Lomax, vice chancellor of research, innovation and economic development. "Centennial Campus is quickly becoming a hub of activity associated with alternative energy technologies, smart grid research and distributed energy concerns. We're looking forward to working with Ming Yang on a number of different projects."

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