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06 Oct 2008 05:10:36

New wind turbine launched

New wind turbine launched
A new higher-power wind turbine has been launched by GE Energy, in response to what it calls "strong demand" for the machinery.

GE Energy is to produce the new 2.5 megawatt turbine, a step up from its existing 1.5 MW model, at its newly expanded facility in Germany.

Victor Abate, vice president-renewables for GE Energy, said: "GE has invested more than $100 million (£56 million) in launching its 2.5XL wind technology, services and expanding its Salzbergen facility."

He added: "As GE's European Renewable Energy Centre of Excellence, the Salzbergen site is the base for the serial production of the 2.5XL wind turbine - a high reliability machine specifically designed to meet the immediate requirements of Europe, where the lack of available land can constrain the size of projects."

The company claims it has already had orders for one gigawatt of capacity, enough to power one million German homes.

Behind the growing demand for turbines could be incentive schemes offered by governments, such as the UK's Renewables Obligation Certificate.



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