General Electric has a new contract to supply Huaneng Corporation with 55 of its GE 2.75-120 wind turbines for a wind farm project in China’s Yunnan province. The project is designed to generate 151 MW of power, which GE reported qualifies as its largest wind-energy order in China to-date.
The contract also includes a two-year service and maintenance program.
GE did not reveal the value of the contract.
The 2.75-120 is part of GE’s Brilliant series of wind turbines, which use an online GE database to analyze tens of thousands of data points/second across a wind farm to boost power output, and increase revenue potential. The 2.75-120 has a 120-meter rotor with single-blade pitch control. The design includes load management controls, low acoustic emissions, and electrical power conversion capability.
Huaneng is a state-owned electric utility, one of the largest in the PRC, and its subsidiary Huaneng Renewables has been established to develop alternative energy generation sources.
“We chose GE based on its proven reliability in other parts of the world, and the technology behind GE’s 2.75-120 wind turbine is well-suited for our local land constraints and the high-altitude project site,” said Lin Gang, president of Huaneng Renewables. “We are excited to collaborate with GE to bring more renewable energy to China.”
While the rush to install wind-farm projects has slowed in many regions, the Global Wind Energy Council, estimated China added over 16,000 MW of wind power in 2013 (the most recent data available), meaning more than 45% of all wind-energy installations worldwide during that period. China’s goal is to achieve an installed capacity 150,000 MW of wind-energy capacity by the end of 2017, and to produce at least 15% of all energy generated from renewable sources by 2020.
“China has huge potential for wind energy, and we are excited to help customers like Huaneng expand their renewable energy presence,” stated Anne McEntee, president and CEO of GE’s renewable energy business.
“Our goal is to invest in the kind of renewable technology that will bring high-quality, reliable power to the region for many years to come,” she continued, “and the 2.75-120 is a great example of exactly that.”