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Energy firm to expand wind power in Germany

GE turbines for multi wind projects will provide power for 70,000 German households

GE is helping to expand wind power in Germany
GE is helping to expand wind power in Germany

GE is helping to boost wind power in Germany. The US firm has signed a contract with leading German project developer Energiekontor AG for four wind power generating projects comprised of over 40 of its 2.75-103 wind energy turbines.

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.

Using a proprietary 50.2-m 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. Compared to the company’s 2.5-100 model, the blades used on the new unit are capable of increasing the annual energy output by more than 9 per cent at a wind speed of 7.5 m/s.
 
GE expects to commission seven turbines in 2013 in North Rhine-Wesphalia and 34 turbines in 2013 in the Cuxhaven area. All 41 wind turbines will be manufactured in Salzbergen in Lower Saxony. The turbines will feature a 98.3m-high tower and a rotor diameter of 103m to capture more energy.

Peter Szabo, Energiekontor's managing director, said: "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. The technical design of these high-performance wind generators with their low noise emission levels is one of the main reasons we have chosen GE as our project partner."

Energiekontor also signed a wind service agreement with GE including an extended spare parts and servicing contract for maintenance, routine inspections and remote monitoring, along with manual resets to be undertaken by on-site service technicians and technical measures for troubleshooting and fault rectification.

“As these new projects 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. In today's environment, having such global scale provides us with a significant competitive advantage and further enhances our capabilities to meet the diverse requirements of our customers in Europe and worldwide."

Wind turbine developments will be one of the many topics discussed at BigSwitch Offshore Wind. The international event, which Renewable Energy Technology (RET) is sponsoring, is taking place in Glasgow on 26th and 27th June. It aims to advance technological developments across global offshore wind by encouraging the European renewable energy industry to work with key delegations from the world’s biggest emerging markets, including China and India, as well as the US. For more information on the event, please email RET Editor Heath Reidy at heath.reidy@bric.com.