General Electric has introduced 1.7-103 wind turbine—first wind turbine developed and engineered specifically for India’s low-wind speed conditions.
For wind farm operators, the turbine’s large 103m rotor would help deliver high-efficiency output and attractive project economics. The turbine would also provide a 30 per cent increase in annual energy production compared to its predecessor, the 1.6-82.5 wind turbine.
A 100-MW wind farm powered by 1.7-103 turbines would have a capacity to generate the electricity required to fulfill the needs of 413,000 homes per year and offset carbon emissions of 291,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.
India is rapidly increasing its power generation using renewable energy. Renewables now constitute more than 5 per cent of the country’s energy mix by production and 12 per cent by installed capacity. The cost of wind power in particular is now close to grid parity, and advancement in technology is making its generation more predictable.
GE has used evolutionary technology platform for the turbine and the turbine is based on the success of the 22,000 GE wind turbines installed globally. “The launch of our new 1.7-103 wind turbine is a testament to GE’s commitment to energising India and catering to Indias low wind speed environment. Our latest offering underscores the company’s effort to provide localised solutions to India,” said Banmali Agrawala, president and CEO, GE South Asia.