GE’s new 1.6-100 wind turbines, the most efficient 1.5-MW wind turbines in the world, will make their European debut in Turkey, a GE announcement this week from the annual European Wind Energy Association conference in Copenhagen noted. 31 of these wind turbines will be used in Fina Enerji’s Tayakadin wind project in Istanbul, Turkey. The electricity produced from the wind turbines is expected to power 14,000 Turkish households.
The 50-megawatt Tayakadin project is one piece of a Turkish plan to install 20,000 megawatts of wind power by 2023. Currently, the country has just 1,800 megawatts of capacity, but wind energy analyses have determined that the country has a considerable 48,000 megawatts of wind power potential.
“GE’s 1.6-100 technology builds on the broad experience of our 1.5 and 2.5 megawatt series, with more than 17,500 of those units installed today,” said Stephan Ritter, general manager of GE’s Renewable Energy business in Europe. “Featuring a 100-meter rotor diameter and 80-meter hub height, the 1.6-100 provides the highest capacity factor of any wind turbine for class 3 sites.”
Overall, the company intends to install 1,500 of these new 1.6-100 wind turbines around the world in the next two years. GE’s 1.6-100 1.5-MW wind turbines will also be used in a big planned wind energy project in Canada being developed by Chinese wind energy company Longyuan, as Andrew reported earlier today.
The 31 turbines for this Fina Enerji Tayakadin project are supposed to be shipped from a manufacturing facility in Salzbergen, Germany by the end of 2012. The project is supposed to be completed by the first quarter of 2013.