Continuing its stride in European wind energy market, GE today announced three major partnerships to deliver GE’s wind turbines and services in the region.
The first, GE signed a MoU with HBRE Wind Power Company to cooperate in the development of Tay Nguyen wind farm in Dak Lak province, located in the central highlands of Vietnam.
Under this agreement, HBRE will use GE technology in a joint effort to develop economic and renewable energy in Vietnam. GE will also provide wind engineering analyses, analyze site layout, and assess constructability.
Additionally GE will provide wind turbine generators for the site conditions. The company will also support HBRE in developing electrical design concepts and facilitating discussions on financial arrangements, as well as working with relevant agencies to move the project forward.
GE has 16 megawatts of installed wind energy capacity in Vietnam.
In the second announcement, GE said it signed agreements with two operators — ENERTRAG AG and Monsson Group – to offer GE’s Wind PowerUp services for wind farms in Germany and Romania.
GE’s Wind PowerUp service, a GE Predictivity solution, is designed to help farm operators get the best returns from their wind investments. The technology optimizes the wind turbines to yield the best energy output taking into account environmental conditions.
GE claims the PowerUp service can help wind farm operators increase annual energy production by up to 5 percent. A 5 percent increase in energy output translates to up to 20 percent increase in profit per turbine.
PowerUp services will be installed on seven GE 2.3 megawatt (MW) and thirteen 2.5MW wind turbines at Enertrag’s wind farms Kleisthöhe and Grünberg Trampe and eight GE 2.5-100 MW at Monsson Group’s wind farms Miraesa II, Galbiori, & Silistea II.
In May 2014, GE announced that PowerUp services had reached more than 1,000 units operating worldwide, representing a potential 194 gigawatt hours of additional energy per year added for GE customers.