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New turbine performs in low winds

GE Renewables has launched a new onshore turbine it says is powerful enough to provide clean energy for 5,000 European homes.

And the 4.8MW turbine’s innovative technology is designed to perform in low to medium winds. The $10 billion start-up’s 4.8–158 turbine has a ‘158 meter rotor’, the biggest in its class, and a ‘range of tip heights up to 240 meters’.

Pete McCabe, President & CEO of GE’s Onshore Wind Business said: “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. It is well suited for low to medium wind speed regions worldwide—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.”

It is the latest entry into the market by GE Renewables, as it continues to justify its $10 billion price tag. We reported last month it will supply 123 turbines to a record-breaking clean energy project in Australia, which will power the equivalent of 260,000 homes when it is completed in 2019.



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