Northern Power Systems is a fully integrated company that designs, manufactures, and sells small-scale wind turbines. The company was founded in 1974, and has since grown into a multinational corporation headquartered in Barre, Vermont, with European headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland and a significant presence in the United Kingdom and Italy.
Northern Power Systems currently produces wind turbines in three sizes, two for small, community-scale applications and one for commercial use. The smaller turbines are called the Northern Power 100, which is rated as having a 100 kilowatt capacity, and the Northern Power 60, which is rated as having a 60 kilowatt capacity. The larger model is a 2.3 megawatt turbine designed for industrial applications such as wind farms, called the Northern Power 2+ platform. 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, instead of a more conventional gearbox in the nacelle.