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07 Apr 2011 10:04:06

GE introduces taller wind turbines

GE introduces taller wind turbines
GE has started producing a range of taller wind turbines designed to increase the number of onshore sites suitable for power generation.

Available with a hub height in excess of 130 metres, the new 2.75-103 turbines were said to be ideal for areas covered in dense forest and hillside sites, which are subjected to the elements.

Stephan Ritter, general manager of GE Renewable Energy Europe, said: "The increased height also offers more customer value through higher winds and a reduction in the impact of turbulence resulting in higher annual energy production."

GE said it was initially looking to target markets in Germany, Scandinavia, Poland and Romania.

A recent study into offshore wind energy generation also discovered vertical axis turbines could hold advantages over traditional designs in some situations.

The floating structures could be placed in water with depths of up to 60 metres, which would allow them to benefit from higher wind speeds. This combined with their improved accessibility has the potential to cut the cost of wind power, the Energy Technologies Institute concluded.  ADNFCR-1235-ID-800490702-ADNFCR

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