GE Expands Its Wind Turbine Business

Acquires Wind Tower Systems

GE announced ton Feb. 11 that it has acquire next generation technology from Wind Tower Systems, LLC. (WTS )The technology will enable taller wind turbine towers.

"Taller towers are an essential complement to longer blades. Longer blades capture more energy and in turn improve return on investment for wind farm developers," said Victor Abate, vice president-renewable energy for GE Power & Water.

WTS has been working on the development of the space frame tower system technology for use at wind farm sites that require hub heights of 100 meters or more. The space frame tower technology is a highly engineered and optimized structure that will handle the unique static and dynamic loads generated by wind turbines.

"The taller space frame towers and integrated lifting system concepts, developed with the support of the U.S. DOE and California Energy Commission, have been designed to drive lower wind energy costs, said Thomas Conroy, CEO of Wind Tower Systems.

WTS has been working on the development of the space frame tower system technology for use at wind farm sites that require hub heights of 100 meters or more. The space frame tower technology is a highly engineered and optimized structure that will handle the unique static and dynamic loads generated by wind turbines. The company has been developing innovative ways to transport and install these taller wind turbine towers. The space frame technology will use standard flatbed trucks. Hi Jack system technology can eliminate the need for heavy lift cranes during installation. These new technologies offer the ability to cost effectively extend the tower height, which in turn enables the turbine to produce more energy.

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