GE to install more than 1500 units 1.6-100 wind turbine globally by next year

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GE to install more than 1500 units 1.6-100 wind turbine globally by next year

By Greentech Lead America: GE announced that it has
committed to provide its 1.6-100 wind turbine for projects that will add 1.8
gigawatts of capacity to the world’s clean energy supply by end of 2012. GE has
received orders for the 1.6-100, from North America, have totaled $3.6 billion
since its introduction a year ago. GE estimated that more than 1,500 units will
be installed globally by 2013.

Recent commitments for the 1.6-100 have come from Canada, Brazil and Turkey, as
well as the United States.

“The market acceptance of our new technology has been
widespread and demonstrates the confidence that our customers have in our
technology innovation,” said Vic Abate, vice president of renewable energy for

The 1.6-100 turbines capture additional wind energy in
low wind speed sites with blades and towers that extend 96 meters, equivalent
to 32 building stories. It offers a 47 percent increase in swept area over
previous megawatt-class models, resulting in a 19 percent increase in annual
energy production at wind speeds of 7.5 meters per second.

“We developed the 1.6-100 with our customers’
requirements in mind; specifically, the need for technology that improves the
economics of wind by increasing turbine efficiency even at lower wind speeds.
It underscores our commitment to continue providing value-added solutions to
help our customers compete successfully in today’s wind sector,” Abate added.

The 1.6-100 wind turbine is based on the proven hub and blades of GE’s 2.5-100
and the nacelle and electrical system of GE’s 1.6-82.5, which is currently
operating at 98.5 percent production-based availability.

GE’s wind turbine technology is qualified under ecomagination, the company’s
commitment to address challenges such as the need for cleaner, more efficient
sources of energy, reduced emissions and abundant sources of clean water.

GE’s current product portfolio includes wind turbines
with rated capacities ranging from 1.5 to 4.1 megawatts and support services
ranging from remote monitoring and fault resolution to complete operations and
maintenance support.

GE to supply 1.6 and 2.75 wind turbines to Longyuan Canada

Recently, GE announced that Longyuan Canada
Renewables will install GE’s advanced technology wind turbines at 100 MW
Dufferin Wind Farm in Ontario, Canada. GE will supply 31 of its 1.6-100 wind
turbines and 18 of its 2.75-103 wind turbines for the project.


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