GE Drivetrain Launches Generator and Control System Division

GE Drivetrain Technologies, a unit of GE Transportation, announced this week at Windpower 2009 in Chicago that the company has launched a wind generator and control systems division to serve its wind turbine customers around the globe.

Following the success of GE Drivetrain Technologies’ wind gearbox business, the company will immediately offer doubly fed induction and permanent magnet generators in the 2-6 megawatt (MW) power range.

“GE Transportation has a proud tradition of designing and building complete drive train systems, including electrical components, for rugged environments,” said Prescott Logan, Business Leader, GE Drivetrain Technologies. “Our objective is to apply the full range of GE Transportation’s capability to advance the state of the art in wind energy generation technology. GE Transportation’s strong global supply chain, including existing generator manufacturing facilities in Erie, Penn. and Monterrey, Mexico creates nearterm production capability.”

This news follows, deals that GE Drivetrain Technologies signed earlier this year with A-Power for gearbox supply. Last year, the company unveiled its IntegraDrive integrated geared generator prototype for the wind industry. The concept, combining a gearbox, generator and power controls, will be a key part of the business’s evolving systems capability.

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