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GE Energy expands wind power business in Germany | Europe

GE Energy expands wind power business in Germany

GE yesterday announced a contract with the leading German project developer Energiekontor AG for four wind power generating projects comprised of 41 2.75-103 wind turbines. Using a proprietary 50.2 meter blade with a proven aerodynamic shape, GE?s 2.75-103 wind turbine provides a larger blade swept area giving wind developers greater energy capture and improved project economics.

The new units will boost GE?s contribution to clean and efficient energy production by generating some 250 million kWh of electricity a year ? enough to supply more than 70,000 German households.
GE expects to commission seven turbines in 2013 in North Rhine-Wesphalia and 34 turbines in 2013 in the Cuxhaven area. GE will manufacture all 41 wind turbines in Salzbergen in Lower Saxony. The turbines will feature a 98.3 meter high tower and a rotor diameter of 103 meters to capture more energy. GE is meeting the project?s strict noise control regulation requirements by using optimized trailing-edge serrations on its 2.75-103 range wind turbines.

?As this new project illustrate, GE continues to invest in the future of the wind industry in Germany and across Europe,? said Stephan Ritter, general manager of GE Renewable Energy Europe. ?We are able to use GE?s vast resources across several business and technology sectors, including nearly 13,000 engineers throughout GE Energy and the GE Research Center in Munich, to analyze customers´ needs and to offer individually tailored solutions for them.?
All 41 turbines for Energiekontor will be produced in GE´s manufacturing facility in Salzbergen, Lower Saxony.

From Salzbergen to Down Under
GE Energy supplies 22 Wind Turbines for GE´s first wind farm in Australia. Wind turbines bound for a wind farm in Australia are currently being assembled in GE's manufacturing facility in Salzbergen. This week, the first nine out of 22 turbines have started their journey to Down Under.
The 22 nacelles and 22 hubs for GE's 2.5-100 wind turbines will be transported by truck to the port in Brake (Germany) and from there, they will be shipped to Australia where GE will build the Mumbida Wind Farm, located 40 kilometers southeast of Geraldon, West Australia.
The 22 wind turbines with a rated capacity of 2.5 megawatts and a rotor diameter of 100 meters will generate enough energy to power approximately 35,000 homes and save about 165,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year.
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Posted by Gloria Llopis | 2012-03-02