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GE installs first 2.5MW 120 turbine in Germany

GERMANY: The first commercial use of GE's 2.5MW-120 wind turbine has been installed by joint venture company Max Bögl Wiesner at Schnaittenbach in Bavaria.

GE 2.5-120 turbine is designed for low and medium-speed winds
GE 2.5-120 turbine is designed for low and medium-speed winds

The turbine, which is designed for low wind locations, has a 120-meter rotor and a custom-built tower with a hub height of 139 metres. It is due to start operation in October.

GE says the machine is 25% more efficient and has a 15% higher power output than earlier 2.5MW models.

"We are pleased that Max Bögl Wiesner selected the 2.5-120 precisely because we had engineered it for locations such as Schnaittenbach," said GE Energy Germany CEO Stephan Reimelt.

"GE’s goal was to facilitate the generation of wind energy in densely wooded regions with low-wind intensity," he said.

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