GE has unveiled new 3.2-130 wind turbine featuring 130m diameter rotor at the wind energy trade fair, HUSUM Wind 2015, being held in Germany.


The 3.2-130 turbine is said to be the first product in the GEs new 3MW platform, which is designed to provide up to 20% higher annual energy output when compared to its 2.5-120 platform.

Integrated with larger rotor diameter, the new turbine also features improved load management systems and more efficient drive-train technology over predecessor models.

GE Germany renewable energy business general manager Andreas von Bobart said: "The 3.2-130 is the right product at the right time. With its high capacity factor, the turbine can offer efficient power supply in locations with low and medium wind speeds.

"With longer rotor blades and an updated load management system, the new 3-MW platform helps lower the overall cost of wind energy and is an important part of GE’s growth strategy for Germany, a key global region for renewable energy."

Based on site conditions, the wind turbine can be customized by combining with multiple tower technologies and with four different hub height options ranging between 85m and 155m.

The GE’s turbine comprises a network of sophisticated sensors capable of assessing the performance and efficiency of wind farms using tens by evaluating data points every second , in a bid to enhance service productivity.

Separately, German company Nordex also announced its plan to launch its newly developed light-wind N131/3300 turbine at the event.

A new version of the N131/3000 from the Generation Delta range, the N131/3300 turbine features 131m rotor diameter and is designed specifically for the German market.

Image: GE’s new turbine features improved load management systems and more efficient drive-train technology. Photo: courtesy of General Electric.