GE Hits Milestone with 1,000th 2.5-Megawatt Series Wind Turbine0

ecomagination staff | Tue Oct 16 2012

GE has reached a clean energy milestone: the installation of the 1,000th wind turbine from the company’s 2.5-megawatt (MW) series. The turbine is set to become part of Europe’s largest onshore wind project, the 600-MW Fantanele/Cogealac wind farm in Romania.

“Today’s milestone demonstrates the strong global acceptance of the 2.5-MW family of wind turbines,” said Victor Abate, vice president of renewable energy at GE. “We will continue to work with our customers as we invest in the next generation of wind turbine technology to power the world into the future.”

The 2.5-MW series represents over two gigawatts of installed wind capacity worldwide

The Fantanele/Cogealac wind park project in Dobrogea, Constanta County, Romania is one of the most promising wind power regions in the country and an important component of the European Union’s goals to lower CO2 emissions by twenty percent by 2020 and diversify its energy mix.

“We are pleased to receive GE’s 1,000th 2.5-MW series wind turbine, a milestone for GE and for the industry,” said Martin Zmelik, COO of CEZ Romania. “This technology is proven in applications worldwide and offers the efficiency, reliability and output necessary to make the CEZ Wind Farms in Fantanele/Cogealac a successful and profitable endeavor. This is a very important project, helping Romania reach its E.U. commitment to increase the amount of renewable sources, including wind, in the country’s energy mix.”

Helping Romania reach its E.U. commitment to increase the amount of renewable sources in the country’s energy mix

The announcement, made at CanWEA 2012, represents the second landmark for the 2.5-MW series; earlier this year, GE announced the series is responsible for over two gigawatts of installed wind capacity worldwide. That’s enough clean energy to power approximately 1.4 million European households.

An evolutionary product, the 2.5-MW series offers higher efficiency, increased reliability, and seamless grid integration. Its larger rotors, higher towers and greater hub heights results in greater power output. First deployed in Germany in 2005, the series is a global product capable of being used in 85 percent of wind sites being developed today.

The first use of the technology in the United States is now underway in another of the world’s largest wind projects, the 845-MW Shepherds Flat wind farm in Oregon, developed by American power company Caithness Energy. The project can supply enough electricity to power approximately 235,000 U.S. households.

Today, the 2.5-MW series has logged over seven million hours of commercial operation in 19 countries, including 14 in Europe.