22 September 2017 2017 11:00 AM GMT

GE Announces 600MW Projects; Surges Past 5GW Milestone Of Wind Energy In Brazil

GE has announced, from the Brazil Windpower conference, that it has reached 5,000 MW of installed wind capacity in the country, making it the first company to reach that milestone and confirming the company’s role in the expansion of wind energy in Brazil. By year end, the company will have installed more than 2,700 turbines and the company’s installed capacity represents more than 33% of all wind energy in the country. As part of that 5,000 MW GE’s Onshore Wind business, a unit of GE Renewable Energy, will commission another 600 MW by the end of September, in three projects previously announced.

They are the wind farm Ventos Araripe III, in partnership with Casa dos Ventos, in Chapada do Araripe (PI) will be equipped with 156 2.3-116/107 GE turbines; the Caldeirão I wind farm, developed with customer Queiroz Galvão, also in Chapada do Araripe (PI), will have 70 2.7-122 GE turbines and a project in Guaranhuns (PE), called PEC Expansion, that will add 22 turbines to the wind farm, being a new total of 75 operational turbines.

To maintain its level of excellence and service, GE Renewable Energy has developed a strong presence in Brazil, including several facilities dedicated to wind manufacturing and services.   Wind farms operating with GE turbines have been recognized by the Chamber of Electric Energy Commercialization (CCEE) as the most efficient in the country.

“Brazil is an important market for GE Renewable Energy.  We believe in the growth potential of wind and renewable energy, and we are committed to providing affordable, reliable, sustainable energy to customers across Brazil.  We are confident we can continue to grow by using the combined resources of GE – what we call the GE Store – to meet the needs of the wind power industry,” says Jean-Claude Robert, general manager for Onshore Wind in Latin America.

GE Renewable Energy is a $10 billion start-up that brings together one of the broadest product and service portfolios of the renewable energy industry. Combining onshore and offshore wind, hydro and innovative technologies such as concentrated solar power and more recently turbine blades, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts capacity globally to make the world work better and cleaner. With more than 22,000 employees present in more than 55 countries, GE Renewable Energy is backed by the resources of the world’s first digital industrial company. Our goal is to demonstrate to the rest of the world that nobody should ever have to choose between affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy.

Photo: Courtesy of GE Renewable Energy

August 24th 2018
E-Buses to Surge Even Faster Than EVs as Conventional Vehicles Fade

The electrification of road transport will move into top gear in the second half of the 2020s, thanks to tumbling battery costs and larger-scale manufacturing, with sales of electric cars racing to 28%, and those of e-buses (electric buses) to 84%, of their respective global markets by 2030. As the supply of cobalt emerges as a potential risk to the pace of growth in electrified transport over the next few years, the advance of e-buses will become more rapid than for electric cars, BNEF states.

September 17th 2018
MHI Vestas Signs Firm Order for Largest MW Project in Company History

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind will supply 90 of its flagship V164-9.5 MW turbines for the 860 MW Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm project; its largest MW project to date. MHI Vestas celebrated the financial close of the deal with innogy, at the site, confirming the project as the largest (MW) in the history of the turbine company. Affirming its strengthening position in the UK offshore wind market, the Danish-Japanese joint venture will supply 90 of the world’s most powerful commercially available turbine, the V164-9.5 MW, and has agreed on a comprehensive 5-year O&M agreement.

September 16th 2018
Ingeteam Develops New Optimal Offshore Power Conversion Architecture

Ingeteam, an independent global supplier of electrical conversion and turbine control equipment, has announced that a recent in-house R&D study allowed them to work out the optimal electrical power conversion designs for offshore wind turbines up to 15 MW. The research, taking into account the complex set of parameters at play in LCoE, enabled it to develop a Medium Voltage Power Converter reaching up to the 15 MW power range. Ingeteam claims that its new design is the ideal solution for scaling up offshore turbine platforms and will present its converter and the associated research at the Global Wind Summit in Hamburg next month.

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