GE Renewable Energy has announced that it has been selected by Püspök Group as the supplier for two windfarms located in the Burgenland region in Austria, in which the 157 MW project will use 30 GE Cypress onshore wind turbines.
Cypress wind turbine in Germany. Courtesy of GE Renewable Energy.
The deal, which includes a multi-year service contract, represents important progress for GE in Austria, enabling the company to establish a service organisation in the country next year. Püspök Group will operate the Cypress turbines at 5.5 MW, with a rotor diameter of 158 metres and two-piece blades provided by LM Wind Power, a GE Renewable Energy subsidiary. The wind farms nominal capacity of 157 MW will generate 380 GWh of electricity per year – equivalent to the electricity consumption of more than 85,000 households (4,400 KWh per household).
The installation of the wind turbines at the project site will commence in Q1 2021 and the turbines will be fully commissioned and operational by end of 2021.
“This repowering project is a milestone in the history of our company” said Lukas Püspök, managing director of Püspök Group. “We are proud to stay actively involved on top of the renewable energy market in Austria. Püspök Group wants to thank GE for their efforts and commitment in every process of this project.”
The Austrian wind market today meets about 13 percent of Austria’s power consumption and is expected to rise within the next few years. According to the Austrian wind power association, IG Windkraft, wind power could meet 26 percent of the national electricity supply by 2030.
The Cypress onshore wind platform enables significant Annual Energy Production (AEP) improvements, increased efficiency in service ability, improved logistics and siting potential, and ultimately more value for customers. The two-piece blade design enables blades to be manufactured at even longer lengths, improving logistics to drive costs down and offer more siting options in locations that were previously inaccessible.