March 13 (Renewables Now) - GE Renewable Energy has successfully installed the prototype for a 5.3-MW onshore wind turbine from its Cypress platform and is on track to deliver the first such machine by the end of the year.
The renewables unit of US conglomerate General Electric Co (NYSE:GE) has erected the prototype in Wieringermeer, the Netherlands, where the turbine will go through testing during the months to come in support of the process of obtaining Type Certificate. The company noted that this is now its largest onshore wind turbine in operation.
The particular 5.3-MW turbine platform was introduced in September 2018. It has a two-piece blade design that makes it possible to use larger rotors and at the same time enables installations in a wider variety of locations.
“We're hearing equal enthusiasm from our customers across the globe, who tell us they appreciate the potential of Cypress to help them both lower the cost of onshore wind and gain added flexibility in siting turbines,” stated Jerome Pecresse, CEO of GE Renewable Energy.