GE introduces new Sierra platform, coming- generation 3 MW onshore wind turbine designed specifically for the North America region
GE Renewable Energy moment blazoned Sierra, its newest onshore wind turbine platform designed specifically for the North America region. The3.0-3.4 MW turbine features a 140- cadence rotor and is offered with a variety of mecca heights, including a< 500 ’ option. Sierra also includes GE’s revolutionary two- piece blade, designed to ameliorate logistics, installation and utility. The business has presently entered further than 1 GW of orders for the turbine platform.
GE has moment manufactured, installed and commissioned its first point of Sierra turbines, which exceeded 98 vacuity briskly than GE’s former onshore platform launches to date, and is operating with 4 points advanced capacity factor, compared to GE’s 2 MW platform.
Sierra is erected on the heritage of GE’s bestselling 2 MW platform, which lately surpassed 30 GW of installed base encyclopedically. The Sierra platform launched with two prototypes, one in Lubbock, TX and one in Kamataka, India, with further than a time of successful run time on each.
Pat Byrne, CEO for GE’s Onshore Wind business, said, “ We’re absolutely pleased to introduce our Sierra platform to the North America onshore wind assiduity– the most tested and validated turbine in GE’s history. This is a turbine that was designed specifically for the future needs and unique challenges of the region, taking into account significant feedback and perceptivity from our guests and wind ranch inventors. From siting to prosecution and operation, Sierra offers our guests continued quality and stability. Our installed base of Sierra turbines has recorded the loftiest trustability and vacuity in a GE turbine launch to date, and we could n’t be happier with its performance and client event. ”
Sierra turbines will be manufactured at GE’s Pensacola, FL manufacturing installation, with a significant portion of its factors manufactured in North America. The68.7 m two- piece blades are manufactured by both LM Wind Power and TPI, enabling bettered transportation logistics, installation and utility/ upgrades.
Jason Cooper, North America CEO for GE’s Onshore Wind business, said, “ GE’s Sierra platform will help our guests to capture indeed further wind energy while perfecting economics. We know that wind power is a crucial element of driving decarbonization and a reliable and affordable energy option, and we ’re confident that Sierra will be a crucial part of the unborn geography of wind turbines installed in the US in the coming times. ”
GE’s Sierra platform includes a variety of crucial advancements, including
High capacity factor turbines with reduced pads per point( 4 pts capacity factor with 15 lower pads demanded per 100 MW compared to 2 MW)
GE’s revolutionary two- piece blade for reduced logistics, bettered point installation and bettered utility
Simplified machine head & electrical system, erected off GE’s 2 MW platform, including single main bearing, single piece down palace assembly( DTA), external pad mount motor( PMT) and rail-transmittable machine head – supporting ease of installation & utility
Optimized 3 & 4 section halls for ease of transport & installation, including 500 ’ tip height 81m palace option for FAA limited spots
Crane inflexibility, optimized for readily-available 600- ton crane class to reduce cost & exclude crane force constraints; single blade & full rotor installation compatible
Variety of features & accessories to support different siting challenges, including club aural interference, enhanced erosion, noise reduction mode and further
Shared pitch bearing from GE’s heritage European platform line, with over a half decade of proven field operation
Groundbreaking utility advancements, including machine head material handling system with 400 kg capacity,crane-less form technology and hinder- entry mecca availability
GE Renewable Energy was honored by the American Clean Power Association( ACPA) as the top manufacturer of wind turbines in the US in 2021, for the fourth time in a row. Of the total onshore wind installed nationwide, ACPA reported that GE technology was stationed in 50 of new capacity additions, as well as in 49 of new systems under construction or in advanced development that have named an OEM.