Salzbergen, Germany, September 21, 2010 — GE announced today that Germania Windpark GmbH, one of Germany’s leading wind power developers, has selected GE’s advanced wind turbine technology for the expansion of a wind farm near Magdeburg in central Germany.
GE is supplying three 2.5-MW wind turbines for the expansion of the wind farm, where eight GE 1.5-MW wind turbines are already operating. The expansion will add 7.5 MW of clean, wind-generated electricity.
“The wind park expansion builds on a long-term relationship that we have with GE’s wind business,” said Markus Tacke, managing director of Germania Windpark. “Many of our previous projects with GE have featured 1.5-MW wind turbines, so this expansion will be the first project to implement GE’s advanced 2.5-MW machines.”
GE and Germania Windpark also have signed a full service agreement (FSA) covering the new wind turbines. GE’s FSAs are designed to provide wind turbine owners with total support for all of their planned and unplanned maintenance and operational needs. The new service agreement has just been introduced this year by GE.
“GE´s full service agreement was an important requirement for our decision and we appreciate GE’s flexibility on this contract”, said Willi RauàƒÅ¸e, managing director of Winvest Finanzierungsservice.
The 2.5-MW series platform represents GE’s most advanced wind turbine technology in terms of efficiency, reliability and grid connection capabilities. The 2.5-MW platform is designed to yield the highest annual energy production in its class and builds on the success of GE’s 1.5-MW wind turbine, the world’s most widely deployed wind turbine with 14,000 units now installed.
GE’s wind business operates a wind turbine manufacturing facility in Salzbergen. In addition, GE’s wind operations in Germany and across Europe are supported by the GE Global Research Center in Munich, where GE researchers and engineers are focused on increasing the reliability and performance of wind turbines.