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GE debuts high-efficiency wind turbine

GE has launched a prototype of what it calls the world’s most efficient high-output wind turbine, the new 2.5-120, at a test site in Wieringermeer, Netherlands. The 2.5-120 is the company’s first “brilliant” wind turbine, which drives higher power output. The 2.5-120, announced in January, harnesses the power of the Industrial Internet to analyze tens of thousands of data points every second, allowing for management of variable wind sources to provide smooth, predictable power. The turbine integrates energy storage and advanced forecasting algorithms while communicating with neighboring turbines, service technicians and operators.

The 2.5-120 captures a 25 percent increase in efficiency and a 15 percent increase in power output compared to GE’s current model, according to the company. The turbine’s high efficiency and high output unlock higher returns for wind farm operators at low-wind-speed sites. The turbine’s advanced controls and 120-meter rotor are said to enable increased energy capture and greater power output in low-wind areas.

GE has worked with ECN, a Dutch independent research institute for renewable energy, for the past decade to validate its newest technologies. The 2.5-120 prototype will be tested and validated through fall 2013.

Posted March 29, 2013


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