GE Wind Energy

GE Wind Energy GmbH is the wind energy division of General Electric.


The wind turbine manufacturer developed from the former company Tacke Wind Technology ( Germany ) and Zond ( founded in 1980 in the USA), which had been acquired in October 1997 by Enron. After the Enron Bankruptcy their wind division was acquired in June 2002 by General Electric.

The headquarters of GE Wind Energy is in the Lower Saxon salt mountains. Nowadays, in the German Embassy in salt mountains every week are produced about 30 plants. In addition to the location in Germany is also produced in other countries, including the U.S. and China, and sold to Ireland, Korea, the UK, Taiwan, Japan, France, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Italy and Mexico.

In 2005, the Energy business worldwide net sales of nearly 16.5 billion U.S. dollars and built a total of 8500 wind power plants with a total capacity of 7600 MW and employs 740 employees worldwide and 1700 in Germany alone. Particularly successful were / are 1.5s 1500 -kilowatt systems, 1.5se, 1.5sl, 1.5sle and 1.5xle.

In 2008, the 10,000 was. Built 1.5 - MW turbine and erected. In September 2009, the takeover contract was signed with the Norwegian wind turbine manufacturer Scan - wind to make entry into the offshore business possible. Scan builds gearless wind plants with 3.5 MW capacity, which are designed for offshore operation.


Currently, GE Wind Energy GmbH manufactures 1.5 MW, 1.6 MW, 2.5 MW and 2.75 MW turbines.


  • Rated power 1.5 MW
  • A rotor diameter of 77 m
  • Hub height of 85 m
  • 16500 were built facilities


  • Rated power 1.5 MW
  • A rotor diameter of 82.5 m
  • Hub height of 80 m
  • Were built 613 plants (as of January 2010)


  • Rated power 1.6 MW
  • Rotor diameters from 82,5 m up to 100 m
  • Hub height of 80 m


  • Rated power 2.5 MW
  • A rotor diameter of 100 m
  • Hub height of 100 m
  • In October 2012, the thousandth plant was installed.


  • Rated power 2.75 MW
  • A rotor diameter of 103 m
  • Hub height up to 130 m and more
  • A construction and commissioning of the wind test field Wieringermeer in the Netherlands has already occurred


  • Rated power 2.5 MW
  • A rotor diameter of 120 m
  • Hub height up to 139 m after DiBT or 110 m according to IEC

The plant was officially launched in early 2013 and once again has a 2.5 MW payable double-fed asynchronous generator ( as opposed to a permanent magnet generator with the other plants in the 2.5 MW platform). It is up to 7.5 m / s average wind speed specially designed for low-wind locations and to be produced in Lower Saxony at first exclusively in plant salt mountains. The system can also be equipped with a battery storage. The memory capacity is 50 kWh, the converter memory system power is 350 kW. Thus, according to GE different modes of operation are possible, such as the stabilization of production, the provision of balancing power and storage of short term unneeded energy. The prototype was set up in the late summer of 2013 in the Bavarian Schnaittenbach.


  • Rated power of 3.2 MW
  • A rotor diameter of 103 m
  • Hub height of 70-98 m

The system is based on the 2.5 MW platform and is specifically designed for sites with height limits to 150 meters. It belongs to the "Brilliant" class, and can be like the 2.5-120 equipped with an optional battery storage. Was presented to the turbine in October 2013; when the series production to begin, is still unknown.