Fredriksdal Energi AB, a fully-owned subsidiary of Stena Renewable AB, has selected 10 GE 1.6-100 wind turbines for its new project in Sweden. The turbines will produce 16 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 11,000 Swedish homes. GE will transport, install, and commission the turbines for the wind farm during 2013 in Fredriksdal, south of Nässjö.
“After thorough evaluation and procurement we selected GE wind turbines. We prioritized long-term and stable suppliers, as well as turbine performance. We are very happy for the cooperation with GE and are looking forward to realizing this project together,” says Peter Zachrisson, managing director, Stena Renewables.
GE’s 1.6-100 is from the 1.5-series wind turbine, which is the single most sold turbine platform in the world. The turbine is designed for increased performance and is the world’s most efficient wind turbine in its class, says the company. With blades and towers that extend 100 meters—equivalent to 33 stories—the 1.6-100 captures additional wind energy, a fuel that is free and domestic.
The 1.6-100 wind turbine offers a 47% in swept area over previous megawatt-class models, resulting in a 19% increase in annual energy production at 7.5-meters-per-second wind speed. This allows the turbine to deliver IEC Type Class II (moderate wind speed) performance while operating in a Type Class III (low-wind) environment.
“GE’s 1.6-megawatt wind turbine is built on our 1.5-megawatt platform, which has been proven time and again in projects across Europe and the United States,” says Stephan Ritter, GE’s general manager for renewable energy in Europe. “Developed for highest yearly energy production, the turbine fulfills Stena’s equipment requirements and with its best in class capacity factor, our customer can get a high return on investment.”
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