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General Electric to provide 1GW wind converters for Chinese offshore turbines

GE Power Conversion has signed a deal with Shanghai Electric Wind Power Equipment Co., Ltd. (Sewind), to provide Sewind’s offshore wind turbines with its latest 4MW LV3 wind converters.

Totalling 1GW, the deal is set to be one of the biggest offshore wind projects in China, according to GE.

The company claims that their LV3 converter is ideal for offshore wind farms. At the heart of the converters lie the standardized LV3 power stacks, which GE claims enjoy higher power density. Given the same converter footprint, it delivers 25% more power output, according to the company.

“We are impressed by the long and successful track record that GE maintains in the renewable sector. Their strong local presence, proven technology, and an in-depth industrial know-how of the renewable market and their large installed base of converters for offshore wind make them one of the most reliable partners to work with. We are confident that our trust is well-placed in GE and hope to have a fruitful partnership with them,” said Mr. Xiaolong Jin, President of Sewind. 

Commenting on the deal, Sofia Sauvageot, Global Sales Leader for Wind Applications, GE Power Conversion said, “In a fast growing wind market like China, GE is proud to provide one of the biggest Chinese offshore operators with reliable solutions which will be made in China for China.” She continues, “We believe that this is a beginning of a long and successful relation between Sewind and GE. Going forward, we wish to demonstrate our strong commitment towards the Chinese manufacturing capabilities as well as the Chinese renewable industry.”

In addition to providing the technology, GE will also be undertaking service and maintenance responsibilities.

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