Nanjing, People’s Republic of China [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] GE Energy and Nanjing High Speed & Accurate Gear Company (NGC) signed an agreement to jointly develop gearboxes for GE’s 1.5-megawatt (MW) wind turbines.“By integrating the experience and skills of both companies, we will expand our capability to meet the needs of customers in the rapidly growing renewable energy industry worldwide, ” said Steve Bertamini, Chairman and CEO of GE China. The gearbox is a critical component of the GE 1.5-MW wind turbine, one of the most widely used megawatt-class wind turbines in the global wind industry. Nearly 5,000 of these machines have been installed or committed for projects worldwide. GE will contribute Six Sigma quality processes and technical consulting to the design process of the gearbox. The agreement makes NGC one of GE’s leading component suppliers in the wind energy business. GE Energy has five legal entities in China. It has provided 240 gas turbines totaling 18,000 MW and 307 hydropower units to China. As a leading player in China’s wind energy market, GE Energy has committed 700 megawatts of wind turbines for the country. “The partnership will benefit not only the parties involved, but also the customers and the gear industry of China as a whole,” said Hu Yueming, Chairman and President of NGC, which manufactures high-speed and heavy-duty gears to serve milling, construction material, power, mining and transportation.