GE's onshore wind unit plans USD-29m R&D facility in S Carolina
2-MW GE wind turbine. Source: GE Renewable Energy.
GE Renewable Energy plans to set up a USD-29-million (EUR 25.5m) research and development (R&D) facility in Clinton, South Carolina to test prototype bearing designs for onshore wind turbines.
The renewables arm of US conglomerate General Electric (NYSE:GE) expects to start operation at the new facility by the end of the year, public/private regional economic development organisation Upstate South Carolina Alliance said in a statement last week.
The R&D centre will evaluate next generation bearing technology for GE’s own onshore wind business, the statement says.
“The highly skilled workforce and proximity to other GE facilities makes this an ideal location to continue our research as we work to provide sustainable, reliable, affordable energy for everyone,” said Pete McCabe, president and CEO of GE’s onshore wind business.