GE Renewable Energy has introduced the 6.0-164 version of its Cypress onshore wind turbine platform, which also includes 5.5-158, 5.3-158 and 4.8-158 turbines. This is the company’s most powerful onshore wind turbine till date. The new turbine will reportedly increase annual energy production (AEP) by up to 11 per cent over the older 5.3-158 model. Like the other products on the Cypress platform, the 6.0-164 features a proprietary two-piece blade that improves logistics and reduces costs. Each of these high performance turbines will produce enough electricity to power approximately 5,800 European households.
GE’s Cypress platform covers multiple wind classes so as to enable enhancements in AEP and improve efficiency in service, logistics and siting potential. The new 6.0-164 turbine has been built to enable easier maintenance for up-tower repairs. It also features condition-based predictive services that will improve return-to-service and uptime, and also lower life cycle costs. The latest turbine fully leverages resources across GE and was developed in partnership between GE’s onshore wind business, GE’s Global Research Center and LM Wind Power. The model will be in the field by 2022.