GE Renewable Energy reveals largest onshore wind turbine

GE Renewable Energy has unveiled its newest and largest onshore wind turbine, which is capable of generating 4.8MW of electricity, the equivalent to powering 5,000 European homes.

The turbine measures in at a height of 240 metres with a rotor diameter of 158 metres and is purpose built to generate energy at low to medium wind sites, an important distinction as many high wind sites have already been developed.

“The 4.8–158 design is an important next step in turbine technology and efficiency, and we’re excited to introduce this turbine at this moment in time,” said Pete McCabe, president & CEO of GE’s Onshore Wind Business.

“It is well suited for low to medium wind speed regions worldwide — examples include Germany, Turkey and Australia — as well as for mechanisms like auctions, as countries around the world are putting an increased emphasis on lowering the cost of energy.”

GE developed the turbine in partnership with LM Wind Power, Blade Dynamics and GE’s Global Research Centre.