Netherlands

Netherlands

GE installs 2.5-120 turbine

NETHERLANDS: GE has installed and is testing its first 2.5-120 turbine in the Netherlands.

  • The GE 2.5 120 has is targeting the growing low to medium wind market in Europe.

    The GE 2.5 120 has is targeting the growing low to medium wind market in Europe.

  • The turbine has a 139-metre tower, designed to allow it to be installed in forrested areas.

    The turbine has a 139-metre tower, designed to allow it to be installed in forrested areas.

  • The turbine faces strong competition from machines such as Nordex's N117 and Vestas V128.

    The turbine faces strong competition from machines such as Nordex's N117 and Vestas V128.

  • One point of difference is the turbine incorporates battery storage.

    One point of difference is the turbine incorporates battery storage.

  • GE has installed the machine at a testing site in the Netherlands.

    GE has installed the machine at a testing site in the Netherlands.

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The turbine is located as a site in Wieringermeer in the north of the country.

GE says the machine, which is being targeted at the low-wind market, is 25% more efficient and has a 15% higher power output compared with earlier 2.5MW models.

Other features include a 139-metre tower, which GE hopes will be suitable for forested areas in Europe and Canada. It has described the machine as the "world's most efficient high-output wind turbine".

Speaking about the turbine launch, GE vice president of renewable energy Vic Abate said: "Our 2.5-120 is the first wind turbine that utilises the 'industrial internet' to help manage the intermittency of wind, providing smooth, predictable power to the world regardless of what Mother Nature throws its way."

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