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First Commercial Operation of GE’s 2.5-120 High Output Wind Turbine

November 25, 2013

  • GE’s 2.5-120 Wind Turbine Generates Power to Help Meet the Energy Needs of Approximately 2,000 German Homes
  • Investor is Max Bögl Wiesner Gmbh
  • The 2.5-120’s Advanced Control Technology and a Specially Designed Hybrid Tower Configuration Make It Advantageous for Low Wind Locations

SCHNAITTENBACH/FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY—November 25, 2013—Two months after the completion of installation, the first GE (NYSE: GE) 2.5-120 wind turbine has been put into commercial operation in Schnaittenbach, a town in Bavaria, Germany. The 2.5-120 produces approximately 8,000-megawatt hours a year, which is equivalent to the required average energy needs of about 2,000 German households. The investor and operator of this project is Max Bögl Wiesner GmbH.

By choosing GE’s new 2.5-120 turbine, Max Bögl Wiesner GmbH made a decision for today’s most efficient inland wind turbine worldwide. GE’s goal was to facilitate the generation of wind energy in densely wooded regions with low wind intensity such as the Oberpfalz (Upper Palatinate area). The 2.5-120 meets these requirements and additionally contributes to the successful implementation of the “Energiewende” on a regional level.

The turbine’s advanced controls, paired with the 120-meter rotor and a specially engineered hybrid tower with a hub height of 139 meters, allow for a more efficient energy output. The 2.5-120 is GE’s first brilliant wind turbine to utilize the power of the Industrial Internet. The Industrial Internet uses data analysis to connect machines and equip them with intelligence, helping to position each one for enhanced performance. The 2.5-120 analyzes tens of thousands of data points every second to drive higher output and improve services productivity, ultimately helping to manage wind’s variability.

About Max Bögl Wiesner GmbH

Max Bögl Wiesner GmbH, based in Neumarkt in Oberpfalz (Upper Palatinate area), is a joint venture of the Max Bögl Group and Windkraft Oberpfalz GmbH. The company was established with the aim of jointly developing and realizing wind turbines in the region in order to make a significant contribution to the energy turnaround in the Oberpfalz. Value creation in the region and securing jobs in the Oberpfalz are of particular importance for the venture.

About GE

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About GE Power & Water

GE Power & Water provides customers with a broad array of power generation, energy delivery and water process technologies to solve their challenges locally. Power & Water works in all areas of the energy industry including renewable resources such as wind and solar; biogas and alternative fuels; and coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy. The business also develops advanced technologies to help solve the world’s most complex challenges related to water availability and quality. Power & Water’s six business units include Distributed Power, Nuclear Energy, Power Generation Products, Power Generation Services, Renewable Energy and Water & Process Technologies. Headquartered in Schenectady, N.Y., Power & Water is GE’s largest industrial business.

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