GE Power Conversion, an electrical engineering subsidiary of American technology giant General Electric (GE), has formed a partnership with China’s Shanghai Electric Wind Power Equipment (Sewind) to deliver LV3 wind converters totalling 1GW.

Under the agreement, GE will be supplying its 4MW fully fed LV3 wind converters, which are to be installed at Sewind’s offshore wind projects.

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LV3 converters manufactured by GE has been claimed to be ‘ideal’ for offshore wind developments.

The equipment features standardised LV3 power stacks, and can offer increased power density with 25% more output and small footprint as compared to other conventional solutions.

"GE is proud to provide one of the biggest Chinese offshore operators with reliable solutions, which will be made in China for China."

The firm will be manufacturing the converters at its Shanghai facility to reinforce its commitment towards China.

GE Power Conversion wind applications global sales leader Sofia Sauvageot 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.

"We believe that this is a beginning of a long and successful relationship 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."

Besides delivering the equipment, GE will also be responsible for their subsequent service and maintenance activities in order to ensure their flawless operation.

Image: GE’s LV3 converters are suitable for offshore wind energy production. Photo: courtesy of General Electric.