Northern Power Systems Wind Turbines Weather the Superstorm

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Turbines Continue Operation Undamaged by Sandy

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The ultimate test of a wind turbine is not the design specification, but how well it stands up to extreme winds in real life.

Northern Power Systems announced today that 74 of its wind turbines, including three in the Caribbean, were in the path of Hurricane Sandy and were undamaged by the high winds. Following Irene, a category 3 hurricane, Sandy was the second powerful Atlantic storm to hit Northern Power turbines within a year and all turbines that were impacted performed safely as expected.

“The losses experienced from Hurricane Sandy are a tragic reminder of how powerful nature can be,” said Troy Patton, Northern Power Systems President and CEO. “Many of our turbines, from the Caribbean to the eastern seaboard of the US, were directly in the path of Hurricane Sandy, but none were damaged by the high winds. At Northern Power Systems, we have the experience and commitment to continue to make products that are safe and reliable.”

As a testament to the design of Northern Power’s turbines, as soon as each turbine detected Sandy’s hurricane force winds, it automatically entered safe mode. Once conditions returned to normal, each turbine started generating electricity again.

“Having been in the wind business since 1974, we know the ultimate test of a wind turbine is not the design specification, but how well it stands up to extreme winds in real life,” said Jonathan Lynch, Chief Technology Officer at Northern Power Systems. “Although powerful storms such as Sandy occur infrequently in the Northeast, Northern Power turbines routinely experience hurricane force winds in Alaska and continue to operate at high availability.”

With over 2 million run time hours, Northern Power turbines provide customers with clean, cost effective renewable energy. Our quiet, low profile turbines with multiple tower options fit perfectly in island locations as well as agricultural, industrial and municipal areas. The reliable, safe and simple operation of Northern Power turbines gives owners peace of mind and delivers the highest energy output in their class for the best return on investment.

About Northern Power Systems
Northern Power Systems has over 30 years of experience in developing advanced, innovative wind turbines. The Company’s proven, next generation permanent magnet direct drive (PM/DD) wind turbine technology is based on a vastly simplified architecture that utilizes a unique combination of a permanent magnet generator and direct-drive design. This revolutionary approach uses fewer moving parts, delivers higher energy capture, and provides increased reliability due to reduced maintenance and downtime costs. The Company currently manufactures the NPS™ 60 and 100 turbines, designed specifically for distributed wind, net metering and feed-in tariff applications.

The Company also provides technical consulting, design services and technology licensing to both wind and other energy markets through Northern Power Systems Technologies (NPST). NPST has an experienced team with a demonstrated record of success in renewables technology, power conversion, grid interconnection, and microgrid systems. Since 2011, NPST has had two NPS 2.3 MW wind turbines in successful operation in Michigan, and in 2012, the NPS 2.3 earned full DNV type certification. Northern Power Systems is a fully integrated company that designs, manufactures, and sells wind turbines into the global marketplace from its headquarters in Vermont, USA, with additional offices in Massachusetts and Michigan, USA and Zurich, Switzerland.

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