GE spreads in Brazil

GE announced that it has installed 300 wind turbines in Brazil. Over the next two years, the turbine manufacturer will install more than 600 additional units in the country, the company reported at the Brazil Windpower Conference in Rio de Janeiro end of August. GE also announced its plans to open two local service centres by 2014, representing a US$ 1.5 million investment in Brazil. The service centres will employ more than 100 service technicians and be located in Rio Grande do Norte and Bahia.

Furthermore, GE featured its new 1.85-82.5 wind turbine at the conference in Rio de Janeiro. “With the introduction of the 1.85-82.5 wind turbine, we continue to advance our 1.5-megawatt class wind turbine product line, which has been proven in a wide range of wind regimes worldwide,” said Victor Abate, Vice President of renewable energy at GE. “Focusing on performance, reliability, efficiency and multi-generational product evolution, the 1.85-82.5 is designed for Brazil’s growing wind energy requirements,” he added.

The 1.85-82.5 wind turbine, which is IEC-certified for higher wind speed sites or environments, builds upon the experience of GE’s installed fleet of 18,000 wind turbines worldwide. The manufacturer promises an 8 % increase in annual energy production (AEP) at 9 m/s, which drives improved project economics for wind developers in higher wind regime sites.

Katharina Garus

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