GE Renewable Energy unveils largest wind turbine

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GE Renewable Energy's 4.8–158 onshore wind turbine.

GE Renewable Energy has unveiled its largest high-efficiency onshore wind turbine.

The 4.8-158 onshore wind turbine features the largest rotor in the segment and innovative blade design and offers a significant improvement in Annual Energy Production (AEP), reducing the cost of energy for customers with low to medium wind speed sites.

“The 4.8–158 design is an important next step in turbine technology and efficiency, and we’re excited to introduce this turbine at this moment in time,” GE Onshore Wind Business president and CEO Pete McCabe said.

“It is well suited for low to medium wind speed regions around the world – examples include Germany, Turkey and Australia – as well as for mechanisms like auctions, as countries around the world are putting an increased emphasis on lowering the cost of energy.”

The new 4.8MW wind turbine, GE’s first onshore entry in the 4MW space, is equipped with a 158m rotor and a range of tip heights up to 240m.

The combination of a larger rotor and tall towers enables the turbine to take advantage of higher wind speeds and produce more energy.

The turbine features high tech blades, improved loads and controls, and taller, more cost-effective towers.

“This turbine is a great example of what we can achieve through the GE Store, combining technology and development with innovative design and expertise from the Global Research Center, LM Wind Power and Blade Dynamics,” Mr McCabe said.

“We collected input from more than 30 customers around the world to ensure we are meeting their specific turbine needs with this product as they work to provide lower-cost renewable energy.”