German Wind Turbine Maker Kenersys To Establish Hemisphere Headquarters In Michigan

5/17/11Follow @xconomy

Kenersys, a German manufacturer of wind turbines, will base its North and South America operations in Michigan, a potential big boost for the state’s nascent cleantech industry.

The company will spend $10.2 million to establish its headquarters in Troy, MI and build a manufacturing facility at a yet-to-be-determined site, according to the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC). The state agency awarded Kenersys a $1 million tax credit over five years.

Home to the some of the best sources of wind in the United States, the Midwest region has long tried to develop a wind power industry. But the economics of wind power, which require huge capital investments and government support, makes it unlikely investors will realize a return in the immediate future.

Nevertheless, the technology’s potential has spawned a growing startup community in Michigan, specifically Ann Arbor. ArborWind, which presented last week at the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium, has created technology to make lower cost, but high energy producing wind turbines.

Accio, led by former Accuri Cytometers CEO Jennifer Baird, is developing what it calls “aerovoltaic” wind technology, billed as a more cost-effective alternative to traditional blade systems. Accio’s technology does not require turbines. Instead, its smaller electrokinetic devices create electricity by using wind molecules to push positively charged ions against the force of an electrostatic field.

Kenersys’ size and manufacturing expertise could give Michigan’s wind power community much needed global scale and credibility. Founded in 2003, Kenersys is a subsidiary of the Kalyani Group, an Indian industrial conglomerate that specializes in engineering steel, automotive supplies and equipment, renewable energy, and specialty chemicals. Kalyani generated about $2.5 billion in sales last year.

Kenersys’ facilities in Michigan marks the company’s first foray into the Western Hemisphere wind power market. The company says it’s the first to offer open source technology, which allows customers to modify the turbines and allow third party companies to service them.

The company estimates it will create about 160 new jobs.

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  • Howard Milkowsk

    To whom it may concern:
    I saw your story on the news the other day about your company in Troy Michigan. I worked for General Motors for 20 years and was laid off. (Manufactuing Engineer) I have been looking for a company that I can share my cost saving skills/manufacturing expierience with. I am very excited at the thought of being employed with your company and the fact that you are in Troy and I live in Troy also. I Would like to send you my resume and would love to have an interview to further talk about how I can be apart of your team!!!! Further Employee, Howard

  • Vickey Woosley

    I am very excited about your new venture in Michigan. I would love to have the opportunity to interview with your company and become apart of your team. I am not looking for a technical job. My skills are in customer service. I am willing to take a position as a receptionist. I know how important the first impression on the phone or in person is. I have those skills that would make you very proud to have me on your team. Please call me for a interview. 248-601-4523 and thank you for taking the time to read this. Vickey Woosley

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    I am very keen to find out more about work with your establishment, I speak both English and German fluently. I am a medical receptionist in England at the minute and would like to progress in my career.

  • AMY MOORE

    Good afternoon,
    I saw your article regarding investing in Troy, MI. I am very excited to hear that you are coming to MI! I am interested in working for your company. My skills are working within a legal/customer service office. I would love to work for your company, as your bring so much to this area. My phone number is: 248-977-8411.
    Thank you.