General Electric goes large for Europe

GE has taken the wraps off a new 3.4MW turbine designed to “address the complexities” of European wind conditions.

The announcement has been unveiled today at the EWEA 2015 event in Paris.

The US company will produce the machine in either 130 or 137 metre rotors and, together with the already unveiled 3.2-130.

GE said it will result in its “most powerful family of onshore wind turbines to date”.

Five tower options are available, with hub heights ranging from 85 to 155 metres, putting tips well above 200 metres in the largest configuration. All models feature the modular hardware and software analytics of GE’s Digital Wind Farm.

Despite the technology builds on the existing 2.5 platform, it offers “improved load management systems, enhanced control features and more efficient drive-train technology”, the company said.

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