GE launches first turbine in 3-MW platform


General Electric (GE) recently launched its wind turbine model 3.2-130 — the first in its new 3-MW platform. The product was launched at the HUSUM Wind 2015 trade fair in Germany.

The turbine has rotor diameter of 130 meters and hubs in four height-based variants ranging from 85m to 155m.

The 3-MW platform will improve annual energy output of the turbine by 20 percent compared with 2.5-120 model.

Also, the turbines offer efficient power supply at locations that offer low to medium wind speeds.

GE has total installed capacity of 43 GW worldwide. It has installed 26,000 wind turbines, of which 2,000 are in Germany.

Besides GE, Germany-based Senvion is also presenting its 3.4-MW onshore wind turbine for low-wind locations.

The turbines will become available in the market from 2018.

Danish wind turbine maker Vestas, too, has unveiled its new V136-3.45 MW machine, the fifth in its 3-MW platform. And Germany’s Nordex is launching a 3.3-MW machine tailored for the German market.

Ajith Kumar S