GE Power Conversion, in partnership with Shanghai Electric Wind Power Equipment Co., an offshore supplier in China, is stepping up its presence in the renewables sector in the region.
Based on a recently signed deal, GE Power Conversion will be equipping Sewind’s offshore wind turbines with its latest 4 MW Fully Fed LV3 wind converters. Totaling 1 GW, the deal is set to be one of the biggest offshore wind projects in China.
As wind turbines grow in size, a single wind turbine can capture more power and drive down the levelized cost of energy. Similarly, converters are evolving in order to match this power increase. However, more power does not call for bigger converters, especially in the offshore space where smaller footprint is a valuable attribute of equipment.
GE’s LV3 converter is ideal for offshore wind farms. At the heart of GE’s LV3 converters lie the standardized LV3 power stacks, which enjoy higher power density. Given the same converter footprint, it delivers 25 percent more power output. With its high power density and small footprint, GE’s LV3 converter has been much appreciated by Sewind. The converters will also be manufactured in its Shanghai facility, which further reinforces GE’s commitment to this region.
In addition to providing the technology, GE will also be undertaking service and maintenance responsibilities to ensure flawless operation of its scope of supply.