Written by Prognog Staff

Offshore Wind TurbineGE has recently announced it has entered into a $27 million partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to design a next-generation offshore wind turbine. The power rating of the turbine will be optimized for minimal cost of energy but is expected to be between 5 and 7 Megawatts, making it one of the most powerful wind turbines in the world. The partnership will also help expand the nation’s wind energy potential. The research will be conducted at GE’s Global Research Center in Niskayuna, NY.

GE, like other leading energy companies, has pledged to ramp up development in the use of cleaner technologies. Over the next five years, they plan to spend between $700m to $1.5b.

“Wind is the fastest growing sector of the energy market, and GE has become one of the world’s leading wind turbine suppliers,” said Jim Lyons, Chief Engineer for Electrical Systems at GE’s Research Center and leader of Advanced Technology for GE’s Wind Energy Business. "Wind energy is a major component of our ecomagination initiative, and the design of a next generation offshore wind turbine represents our commitment to introduce new products that help our customers meet their environmental challenges."

See www.gepower.com for more information.