GE inks deal with Wind Tower Systems

GE Energy’s wind turbine towers will be taller in the future, thanks to newly acquired technology from Wind Tower Systems LLC (WTS).

Parent company General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) reported Friday it bought "next generation technology" from WTS that is expected to enable taller wind turbine towers, which is needed as blade lengths increase. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Utah-based WTS has developed space-frame tower system technology for wind farm sites that require hub heights of 100 meters or more. The space-frame tower technology can handle the unique static and dynamic loads generated by wind turbines, GE said.

Plans are underway to install a prototype of the GE's space-frame tower system technology to validate and test its design later this year with commercial availability targeted for 2012.

"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, in a statement. "We are delighted that the development of the company’s products will be completed and commercialized by GE."

Read more in The Business Review.


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