GE Renewable Energy has been selected by Prowind GmbH to provide three of its Cypress units for a project in Germany. This marks the first order for GE’s Cypress platform, the company’s largest onshore wind turbine in the field.
The Cypress platform offers a unique, two-piece blade design that’s ideally suited to reduce transportation costs and ease maneuvering. This will be particularly true for this new Elfershausen wind project because the components must cross the forest of Bavaria, where the turbines will be installed.
Prowind will operate the three Cypress turbines at 4.8 MW, with a rotor diameter of 158m and hub heights of up to 150 and 161 meter. The split blades will be produced by LM Wind Power in Spain and the blade tips will be installed on site. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019.
“It’s our first commercial order for Cypress, with multiple commitments in queue to follow, and a future of technology evolution and leadership ahead of us,” said Peter Wells, Onshore Wind CEO for Europe and SSA at GE Renewable Energy. “Wind continues to compete and win, it’s an exciting time, and we look forward to the ongoing journey.”
GE Renewable Energy will also provide a 20-year Full Service Agreement offering data-driven insights, expert recommendations, and advanced field services.
“The Cypress platform is a great fit for the unique characteristics of the Elfershausen project, thanks to the flexibility it offers in the transportation and the installation of its components and blades,” said Johannes Busmann CEO, founder and Owner of Prowind. “We are happy to be the first ones to install a Cypress with GE and we are excited about this technology and where it can take us in our path towards driving down the Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) together.”
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