GE launches new 3-MW wind turbine platform

The new platform is built on GE’s 2.5- and 2.75-MW machines, and in addition to larger rotor diameters, the new models offer improved load management systems, enhanced control features and more efficient drive-train technology.

GE Renewable Energy (Fairfleld, CT, US) has launched its new family of 3 MW wind turbines at the European Wind Energy Association’s 2015 Annual Event in Paris.

“Our new 3 MW machines are built to address the complexities of European wind conditions,” said Anne McEntee, president & CEO of GE’s onshore wind business. “Working closely with our customers, this new family of smart, modular turbines will allow us to configure the right technology for a wide variety of site-specific wind conditions.”

The new platform is built on GE’s 2.5 and 2.75 MW machines, and in addition to larger rotor diameters, the new models offer improved load management systems, enhanced control features and more efficient drive-train technology. The 3.4-137 model is capable of providing up to 24% higher output than existing technology.    

The new 3 MW platform features the modular hardware and software analytics capabilities of GE’s Digital Wind Farm. The hardware platform uses the same machine head throughout all configurations, but offers flexible rotor diameters of 130 or 137 meters, multiple generator ratings of 3.2-3.4 MW and five possible tower height combinations ranging from 85-155 meters. The Digital Wind Farm also uses a virtual modeling system that aims to optimize individual turbine configuration and site layout to get the maximum energy production from each site’s unique wind conditions.