GE joins 4-MW club with 4.8-MW turbine

The 4.8-158. Source: GE

Sep 12 (Renewables Now) - The renewables arm of General Electric (NYSE:GE) today unveiled a 4.8-MW turbine, marking its entry into the 4-MW onshore wind segment.

The new machine is aimed at low to medium wind speed sites. It comes with a 158-metre (518.4 ft) rotor, which according to the announcement is the largest in the segment, and innovative blade design. The 77-metre-long carbon blades are the longest onshore blades so far for LM Wind Power, which is now owned by GE. The tip heights range to up to 240 metres.  

"It is well suited for low to medium wind speed regions worldwide—examples include Germany, Turkey and Australia—as well as for mechanisms like auctions, as countries around the world are putting an increased emphasis on lowering the cost of energy," Pete McCabe, president and CEO of GE's onshore wind business, said of the new turbine.   

Turbines in the sector are ever getting larger, which helps to lower the cost of wind energy. German wind turbine maker Nordex (ETR:NDX1) recently announced an entry into the 4-MW class, while Danish manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS) unveiled 4-MW wind turbine models in June.

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