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Clipper Windpower
Founded 2001, State of Delaware
Headquarters United States Carpinteria, CA, USA, United Kingdom London, UK
Key people James G.P. Dehlsen, Chairman
James Brenton Dehlsen, Non-Executive Director
Industry Renewable Power
Products Wind turbines
Employees 740

In September, 2007 Clipper Windpower, a wind power company based in California, received an "Outstanding Research and Development Partnership Award" from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the design and development of its 2.5 MW Liberty Wind Turbine, one of the largest wind turbine manufactured in the U.S. The turbine was developed under a partnership with DOE and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Commercial sales started in June 2006 for the new Liberty turbine and now amount to more than 5,600 MW (2,240 units) of firm and contingent orders for deliveries in 2007 through 2011.[1]Clipper Windpower has an agreement with BP Energy to supply the 2.5MW turbines for the proposed 5050MW Titan Wind Project in South Dakota.

In April, 2008 Clipper Windpower announced plans to develop the World’s largest wind energy turbine[2] in Blyth, Northumberland in the United Kingdom. Being developed for Offshore use each turbine would be rated at around 7.5MW and would be roughly double the size of the largest turbines used in commercial offshore wind farms today (GE's 3.6MW turbine)[3] As reported by the British Wind Energy Association [4] "as few as 20 of these turbines could satisfy the domestic consumption of a city the size of Newcastle upon Tyne [UK]" a city with a population of around 250,000.

On December 10, 2009, it was announced that Connecticut-based United Technologies Corporation would acquire a 49.5% stake in Clipper Windpower by purchasing 84.3 million new shares and 21.8 million shares from current shareholders for £126.5 million. Clipper has stated that this equity purchase "will significantly strengthen its balance sheet and enable it to enhance its operations and pursue its strategic initiatives" [5][6][7][8].

On February 18, 2010, Clipper Windpower Marine has confirmed that it will construct a 4000sqmt offshore wind turbine blade manufacturing facility in Neptune Estate, Tyne. The factory will be used to develop and build blades for the 'Britannia Project', a 10MW offshore wind turbine prototype under development by Clipper. The prototype is scheduled for deployment in late 2012.[9]


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