GE plans to invest approximately 340 million euros in developing and/or expanding its wind turbine manufacturing, engineering and service facilities in four European countries – the U.K., Norway, Sweden and Germany.
At the core of GE's European expansion plans is the development of GE's next generation wind turbine, a 4 MW machine designed specifically for offshore deployment. As the largest wind turbine in GE's fleet, it will incorporate advanced drivetrain and control technologies gained through GE's acquisition of ScanWind, according to GE.
‘GE's proven reliability on more than 13,500 land units, coupled with ScanWind's proven offshore, gearless design, enables us to provide our customers the reliable solutions necessary for the offshore wind industry,’ says Victor Abate, vice president for renewable energy at GE Power & Water.
The 4 MW wind turbine will feature GE's technology that eliminates the need for gearboxes. This technology is already being demonstrated at a test site in Hundhammerfjellet, Norway, where the first ScanWind direct-drive unit has been operating for more than five years.
SOURCE: GE Power & Water