GE executes German wind power generating projects contract with Energiekontor

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GE executes German wind power generating projects contract with Energiekontor


By Greentech Lead Team: GE announced that it has executed
a contract with German wind power project developer Energiekontor AG for four
wind power generating projects comprised of 41 2.75-103 wind turbines. The new
projects 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.

The agreement also includes 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.

GE’s 2.75-103 wind turbine’s 50.2-meter blade with a
proven aerodynamic shape will provide a larger blade swept area giving wind
developers greater energy capture and improved project economics. Compared to
the 2.5-100 model, the blades used on the new unit are capable of increasing
the annual energy output by more than 9 percent at a wind speed of 7.5 m/s.

GE will
install 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 98.3-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. 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,” said Peter
Szabo, Energiekontor’s managing director.

The installations will help GE expand its Wind Power
Business in Germany and across Europe.

“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,” said Stephan Ritter, general manager of GE Renewable Energy.

Recently, GE announced an agreement  with
Invenergy to supply 23 megawatts (MW) of advanced solar equipment for
Invenergy’s Grand Ridge Solar project, at Illinois.

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