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GE'S 2.5-megawatt wind turbine technology selected for new projects in Japan GE-ecomagination

AZDEL : 29 September, 2007  (Company News)
GE Energy's 2.5-megawatt wind turbine technology is being introduced into Japan through an agreement that will add 85 megawatts of wind energy capacity to the country's electricity grid.
GE Energy's 2.5-megawatt wind turbine technology is being introduced into Japan through an agreement that will add 85 megawatts of wind energy capacity to the country's electricity grid.

Currently being developed by Clean Energy Factory, Inc., a wind energy producer based in Nemuro, Hokkaido, the three projects covered by the agreement will be located on Awaji Island, Hyogo; in Dangamine, near the border between Asago and Shiso, Hyogo; and in Hohoku, Yamaguchi.

GE's 2.5-megawatt wind turbine design is based on experience and lessons learned from the manufacture and operation of more than 3,300 of the company's 1.5-megawatt wind turbines, which are installed worldwide. Thirty-eight of GE's 1.5-megawatt units have previously been installed in Japan: 22 for the Rokkasho Wind Project, six for Hokkaido, and 10 for the Hibikinada Wind Project.

'The 2.5-megawatt wind turbine addresses a global trend toward wind turbines with greater power capacities,' said Mr. Tamio Kani, general manager of GE Energy's Japan-based wind unit. 'This machine, with its larger, 88-meter rotor diameter and flexible modular structure, will be a good match for the project sites. We are pleased to have the opportunity to bring this new technology to Japan, as part of the country's aggressive efforts to produce three gigawatts of new, renewable energy by the year 2010.'

The continuing advancement of wind power technology is a key element of GE ecomagination, a commitment to cleaner energy options that is at the forefront of the company's business initiatives. Launched in May, ecomagination is a GE initiative to aggressively bring to market new technologies that will help customers meet pressing environmental challenges.
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