GE Renewable Energy has launched a 6 MW turbine, the US manufacturer’s most powerful onshore machine.

The unit, which features a 164-metre rotor, is part of the Cypress platform and will increase annual energy production by up to 11% compared with the 5.3-158 model.

The new machine will feature a two-piece blade, and GE says it is designed with servicing in mind by facilitating up-tower repairs and featuring condition-based predictive services that will improve return-to-service and uptime, while lowering lifecycle costs.

The 6 MW turbine will be ready for deployment by 2022, the company said.

GE Onshore Wind Europe boss Peter Wells said: “The Cypress platform is already providing our customers the ability to lower the cost of onshore wind and gain added flexibility in siting turbines.

“This latest product in the platform will help them drive additional growth of clean, renewable wind power across Europe and beyond.”

Since its introduction, GE Renewable Energy has received more than 3.4

GW of orders for its Cypress turbines in multiple European countries including Germany, Austria, Sweden, and Lithuania, as well as Brazil, Australia, and Turkey.

The latest unit in the Cypress platform will fully leverage resources across GE and was developed in partnership between GE’s Onshore Wind business, GE’s Global Research Center and LM Wind Power, a GE Renewable Energy business.

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