04 July 2012, 10:15 BST
2.75-103 wind turbine
GE has announced that Swedish energy developer Triventus Wind Power AB will use GE wind turbine technology to power a planned 27.5-megawatt wind farm project to be built near Falkenberg on Sweden's west coast.
Through the agreement, GE will deliver 10 2.75-103 wind turbines to Triventus. When operations begin, the wind farm will generate enough renewable electricity to power the equivalent of 7,500. It will also provide ongoing maintenance via a five-year service agreement.
In a press announcement, GE and Triventus officials indicated the Triventus project is being supported through the country's green certificate support system. This is similar to how other Swedish wind farms are supported.
Currently, nuclear power plants and hydroelectric facilities produce most of Sweden's domestic energy. But in order to comply with the European Union's Renewables Directive, the country has been expanding its wind farm installations, states the Swedish Wind Energy Association.
"Given Sweden's need to expand the role of wind energy, GE's wind turbine technology has a proven track record of reliability and efficiency to ensure our project is successfully implemented on schedule," said Linda Pålsson, MD of Triventus Wind Power.
GE Energy will deliver its wind turbines to the project site during the first and second quarters of 2013. The wind farm is scheduled to begin commercial service in the second quarter of 2013.
The Triventus project is located close to two other wind farms that also are also powered by GE wind turbines.
In its press announcement, Stephan Ritter, GE's general manager for renewable energy in Europe, said, "With the 2.75 turbine, Triventus is investing into a technology that is built on the proven 2.5 platform. The solid design of this platform ensures high availability rates and with that supports the country's renewables targets in the long run."
GE can add the Triventus project to its growing list of wind projects in Sweden. In 2011, GE announced that Stena Renewable Wind Energy Company would deploy 40 of GE's 2.5-100 units for four new wind farms in the southern Swedish municipalities of Laholm Boxholm and Mjölby. Also, GE and Göteborg Energi began installing a 4.1-113 offshore turbine in the Gothenburg harbor in Risholmsvägen in 2011.
Source: Clean Technica