GE Introduces 2.5-120, the World`s Most Efficient High-Output Wind Turbine-the First Brilliant Wind Turbine

Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:30am EST

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* Combines World-Class Efficiency and Power Output at Low Wind Speed Sites,
Delivering Lower Cost of Electricity for Customers
* The 2.5-120 is GE`s First Brilliant Wind Turbine Integrating Energy Storage,
Advanced Controls and Forecasting Algorithms
* Analyzing and Communicating Tens of Thousands of Data Points a Second, Driving
Higher Wind Farm Output, Services Productivity and New Revenue Streams for

SCHENECTADY, N.Y.--(Business Wire)--
Today, GE (NYSE: GE) announced the 2.5-120, the world`s most efficient
high-output and the first brilliant wind turbine. The 2.5-120 is the first wind
turbine to bring together world-class efficiency and power output at low wind
speed sites, capturing a 25 percent increase in efficiency and a 15 percent
increase in power output compared to GE`s current model. 

The turbine`s high efficiency and high output unlock higher returns for wind
farm operators at low wind speed sites. The turbine`s advanced controls enable
its 120-meter rotor, resulting in increased energy capture and greater power
output in low-wind areas. The taller tower, which has a maximum hub height of
139 meters, makes it ideal for heavily forested regions in places like Europe
and Canada. 

"Our 2.5-120 is the first wind turbine that utilizes the Industrial Internet to
help manage the intermittency of wind, providing smooth, predictable power to
the world regardless of what Mother Nature throws its way," said Vic Abate, vice
president of GE`s renewable energy business. "Analyzing tens of thousands of
data points every second, the 2.5-120 integrates energy storage and advanced
forecasting algorithms while communicating seamlessly with neighboring turbines,
service technicians and customers." 

This advanced technology drives higher wind farm output than GE`s current
offerings, improves services productivity and creates new revenue streams for

Over the past year, GE has successfully demonstrated the integration of wind
power and energy storage at its facility in California, delivering predictable
power to the grid. The first prototype of the 2.5-120 will be installed in the
Netherlands next month. 

The 2.5-120 also minimizes sound emissions to meet the strictest noise
requirements through advanced controls technology. In addition, the new wind
turbine is optimized for IEC Wind Class III and DIBT WZ2 standards. The 2.5-120
is available for 50 and 60 Hz applications. 

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