GE Energy has introduced taller towers for its onshore wind turbine product line. The new towers enable higher annual energy production (AEP) and increase the number of potential wind sites. The towers initially will be offered for GE’s 2.5MW series including the new 2.75-103 wind turbine. The taller towers are available with hub heights in excess of 130 meters.
“We continuously strive to increase value for our customers. The taller tower which will also be available for our new 2.75-103 is the next step in our evolutionary product portfolio,” says Stephan Ritter, general manager of GE Renewable Energy Europe. “With taller towers, more sites become attractive wind farm locations. 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.”
The taller tower will have a robust hybrid pre-cast concrete and tubular steel design. This construction offers an optimal balance between customer value and advanced technology while reducing logistical challenges. The new tower is an especially good fit for densely forested areas and hillside locations that are prone to high turbulence intensity.
Initial, key markets for the new, taller GE wind turbine towers will be Germany, Scandinavia, Poland, Romania and Canada.