Random English Criticism (plus a relevant question!)
French industrial conglomerate Alstom announced on Wednesday the launch of a new onshore wind turbine. It [impressive!] says that it boosts the amount of energy generated in low-wind sites.
The new turbine, called the ECO 122, is rated at 2.7 megawatts, and has a massive 400-ft (122m) diameter to maximize the amount of energy harvested from the wind. This is the key to its efficiency. [OR, if necessary: It is the fact that the turbine blades are longer that is the key to its efficiency.]
On the same site, it has a projected yield 25 percent higher than those of existing turbines rated between 1.5 and 2 megawatts. OR On the same site, it can produce 25 percent more energy than can existing turbines rated between 1.5 and 2 megawatts [OR: than existing turbines can, that are rated].
This efficiency improves the bottom line, since more efficiency means installing fewer turbines to get the same amount of energy roughly, six ECO 122 turbines for every nine conventional models.
Alstom claims capital expenditure savings on an ECO 122-powered wind farm of 10 to 15 percent, mostly owing to its requiring fewer foundations, platforms, roads and cables. [We can infer that the turbine itself is more expensive?] The question is whether the premium in the price of the turbine itself is so high that it negates the savings, within a reasonable product life-cycle.
The first turbine will be installed in mid-2012. Commercial deliveries are expected in 2013.
Pretty good overall; unlike some of your associates, your English is better than to warrant instant dismissal. [Later: I got here from a ZDNet email, but this is not ZDNet. I do not know about any other writers on SmartPlanet; I was referring to ZDNet???s collection of writers.]
As a completely un-related point I was wondering whether this implies that longer and longer blades implies higher and higher efficiency *overall* (as opposed to for just the individual unit); one wonders whether the engineers at Alsthom need a manager who *starts* with the bigger picture. (That is: if they were to build a unit that had more than one unit (viz., turbine), they would realise all the other savings, and they would also harvest more of the passing wind.)