GE (NYSE: GE) announced today that a prototype of the world’s most efficient high-output wind turbine, the new 2.5-120, is
operational at a test site
in Wieringermeer, Netherlands. The 2.5-120 is the company’s first brilliant wind turbine, driving higher power output, improving service productivity and creating new revenue streams for customers.
The 2.5-120, announced in January, harnesses the power of the
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 seamlessly with neighboring turbines, service technicians and operators.
As the first wind turbine to bring together world-class efficiency and power output at low-wind-speed sites, the
captures a 25 percent increase in efficiency and a 15 percent increase in power output compared to GE’s current model.
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 enable increased energy capture and greater power output in low-wind areas. The taller tower, which has a maximum hub height of 139 meters, makes it ideal for heavily forested regions in places like Europe and Canada.
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 in accordance with the highest GE and industry standards through fall 2013.
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