“A little known fact is that The Switch was born offshore – we’re not just ‘going offshore’. We’ve been setting records for being the world’s biggest, starting with a 3 MW direct-drive permanent magnet based drive train for Norwegian coastal conditions in 2003. And we’ve moved on to 5 MW for a Chinese offshore installation – and beyond that with our latest and most impressive 8+ MW giant,” says Jukka-Pekka Mäkinen, President and CEO of The Switch.
An offshore turbine project for the Hundhammerfjellet Windpark, Norway, was the impetus that brought three innovative engineering players together to form The Switch. It all started with a call from ScanWind at the end of 2003 asking the core team if they could recommend a supplier of very large generators. ScanWind had been very pleased with a small frequency converter it received from the group for another project.