GE has no plans to launch offshore turbine in US

GERMANY: GE has no plans to launch a offshore turbine for the US market, according to the company's general manager renewable energy Stephan Ritter.

GE's 4.1-113 has passed initial trials
GE's 4.1-113 has passed initial trials

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Speaking to Windpower Monthly at EWEA 2012, Ritter said there were no plans to introduce the company's upcoming 4.1MW offshore turbine to the US. 

He added: "US electricity prices are so low there's no justification for offshore in the US. There is no need."

Ritter's comments come as is in discussions with wind developers including Dong Energy, RWE and Vattenfall over additional testing for its 4.1MW offshore turbine, according to reports.

Since February GE has been testing the first GE4.1-100 turbine in Sweden's Gothenburg harbour. It is the first offshore turbine GE has installed since 2003.

Last week, GE offshore product manager Vincent Schillings said GE would begin validating the design and obtain initial results before the summer wind season.

He added: "Our initial focus will be on the power curve and loads validation as evidence that our simulations meet measurements of the two most important characteristics that matter to our customers."

At 4.1MW the turbine is smaller than many of the other next generation machines being built by the likes of Vestas and Siemens. Speaking to Windpower Monthly at EWEA 2012, Ritter said the "4.1 is well positioned with other turbines. The size is not important, it's how to reduce the cost of energy."


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