Salzbergen, Germany [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] GE Energy announced it has already received more than one gigawatt of commitments for its 2.5xl wind turbine over the next year and a half. The company also announced the expansion of its wind turbine manufacturing facility in Salzbergen, Germany. The Salzbergen site will allow GE Energy to focus additional resources on meeting the strong demand for wind energy in Europe.
Recent orders for the 2.5xl include a contract to supply 12 of the machines for Wind Farm Serra in southern Italy, a project that will take that country a step closer to meeting its goal to become one of the leading producers of wind energy in Europe. This project will mark the debut of the GE 2.5xl technology in Italy.
“GE has invested more than US $100 million in launching its 2.5xl wind technology, services and expanding its Salzbergen facility,” said Victor Abate, vice president-renewables for GE Energy. “As GE’s European Renewable Energy Center of Excellence, the Salzbergen site is the base for the serial production of the 2.5xl wind turbine — a high reliability machine specifically designed to meet the immediate requirements of Europe, where the lack of available land can constrain the size of projects.”