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GE and U.S. DOE to Partner on Offshore Wind Turbine Project

GE, today announced it has entered into a $27 million partnership with the US Department of Energy (DOE) to design a next-generation offshore wind turbine. The power rating of the turbine will be optimized for minimal cost of energy but is expected to be between 5 and 7 Megawatts, making it one of the most powerful wind turbines in the world. The partnership will also help expand the nation's wind energy potential. The research will be conducted at GE's Global Research Center in Niskayuna, NY.

Wind Energy is a key component of GE's ecomagination initiative. Ecomagination represents the company's commitment to aggressively drive and bring to market new technologies that help its customers address their most pressing energy and environmental challenges. Under ecomagination, GE has pledged to more than double its level of investment in the development of cleaner technologies from $700 million to $1.5 billion over the next five years.

"Wind is the fastest growing sector of the energy market, and GE has become one of the world's leading wind turbine suppliers," said Jim Lyons, Chief Engineer for Electrical Systems at GE's Research Center and leader of Advanced Technology for GE's Wind Energy Business. "Wind energy is a major component of our ecomagination initiative, and the design of a next generation offshore wind turbine represents our commitment to introduce new products that help our customers meet their environmental challenges."

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