Coal, Wind

GE joins with A-Power on wind turbine gearbox equipment

12 January 2009 – GE Drivetrain Technologies, a unit of GE Transportation, and China-based A-Power Energy Generation Systems said they have signed two letters of intent, one for GE Drivetrain Technologies to supply A-Power with 2.7 MW wind turbine gearboxes and a second to establish a joint venture for a wind turbine gearbox assembly plant.

Under the supply agreement, GE Drivetrain Technologies will supply A-Power with more than 900 2.7 MW gearboxes beginning in 2010. The companies’ joint venture agreement creates a wind turbine gearbox assembly business that will be majority owned by GE Drivetrain Technologies and operate under the name GE Transportation.

The new assembly plant will bring multi MW gearbox capacity to China and serve as GE Drivetrain Technologies’ Southeast Asia manufacturing center from which it will serve its customers in the region beginning in mid-2010.

These agreements support China’s initiative to increase wind energy output from one GW in 2005 to 30 GW by 2020 and are the basis for additional future investments by GE Drivetrain Technologies in its local supply chain and wind turbine drive train products, such as its IntegraDrive geared generator.