Introducing the 5 MW Cypress platform

GE Renewable Energy has launched its new onshore wind turbine platform, named Cypress, and the next model from that platform, GE’s 5.3-158 MW wind turbine.

The 5 MW onshore wind turbine platform advances the proven technology of GE’s 2 MW and 3 MW fleets, which serves an installed base of nearly 20 GW, while also using architecture and innovations from the 4.8-158 wind turbine introduced in 2017.




Can power 5,200

HOMES




Up to 5.3 MW

NAMEPLATE CAPACITY




20 GWh

PER YEAR

Engineered for performance

Key features from the 5 MW Cypress platform

Revolutionary two-piece wind turbine blade design

The Cypress platform, which also includes the 4.8-158 MW wind turbine, will be powered by a groundbreaking two-piece blade design, which allows the wind turbine blades to be manufactured at even longer lengths and improving logistics to offer more siting options. Longer wind turbine blades improve AEP and help drive down Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE), and the proprietary design will allow these larger onshore wind turbines to be installed in locations that were previously inaccessible.

This feature of the 5 MW onshore platform significantly drives down logistical costs by enabling blade assembly onsite and reduces the costs for permitting equipment and road work required for transporting longer blades. Equally important, the Cypress 5 MW wind turbine features blade tips that offer customers greater flexibility to address site wind conditions and requirements.

The high-tech carbon blades were developed through the longtime partnership between GE’s Onshore Wind business, GE’s Global Research Center and GE’s LM Wind Power, taking advantage of the research, design, and large-scale manufacturing expertise of these teams to bring the Cypress wind turbine blades from concept to a tested and proven reality.

Significant AEP improvements

The Cypress 5 MW onshore wind turbine features increased efficiency in serviceability, and improved logistics and siting potential, ultimately bringing more value for customers. It is designed to scale over time, enabling GE to offer a wider array of power ratings and hub heights to meet customer needs throughout the 5 MW wind turbine range.

The platform also offers up to a 50% increase in AEP over the life of the platform versus GE’s 3 MW turbines.

Condition Monitoring System (CMS)

GE’s CMS and SCADA Anomaly Detection Services, compatible with our 3MW wind turbines, include a complementary suite of advanced condition monitoring solutions. These systems can proactively detect impending drive train and whole-turbine issues, enabling increased availability and decreased maintenance expenses, lowering the 3 MW wind turbine’s cost of operation. Built upon half a century of power generation drivetrain and data anomaly monitoring experience, this service solution is now standard on GE’s 3 MW turbine platform.

More efficient services

The Cypress 5 MW onshore wind platform, designed for IEC (S) wind speeds, leverages the best of GE's 2 MW and 3 MW turbines—including the proven DFIG (doubly-fed induction generator)—and a robust drivetrain architecture.

The Cypress onshore wind turbine is specifically designed for service, with enhancements to help with facilitating up-tower repairs and troubleshooting with its up-tower electrical system. However, through increased systems-level hardware testing and a more robust manufacturing process, Cypress continues to push the limits of traditional reliability levels on major components.

This combination of planned, condition-based and predictive services will help to increase more reliability, uptime, and production while ultimately lowering lifecycle costs for customers.



VIDEO

5 MW Cypress onshore wind turbine platform

GE's largest onshore wind turbine prototype is installed and operating in Wieringermeer, the Netherlands.

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SPECIFICATIONS

5 MW Cypress wind turbine technical specifications

Cypress Platform  4MW-158  5MW-158 
Output (MW)  4.8  5.3 
Rotor Diameter (m)  158  158 
Hub Heights (m)  101, 121, 151 & 161   101, 121, 151 & 161 
Frequency (Hz)  50/60  50/60 
Vavg (m/s)  7.5  7.5 
Vref (m/s)  ~37-40  ~37-40 
Cut-in (m/s) 
IEC Wind Class  “S”  “S” 
Cypress Platform  4MW-158 
Output (MW)  4.8 
Rotor Diameter (m)  158 
Hub Heights (m)  101, 121, 151 & 161  
Frequency (Hz)  50/60 
Vavg (m/s)  7.5 
Vref (m/s)  ~37-40 
Cut-in (m/s) 
IEC Wind Class  “S” 
Cypress Platform  5MW-158 
Output (MW)  5.3 
Rotor Diameter (m)  158 
Hub Heights (m)  101, 121, 151 & 161 
Frequency (Hz)  50/60 
Vavg (m/s)  7.5 
Vref (m/s)  ~37-40 
Cut-in (m/s) 
IEC Wind Class  “S”