GE Renewable Energy has announced it is to supply three aerating turbines to Cube Hydro Partners for its High Rock plant in North Carolina. The first of three 13.4MW units will be delivered in the fall of 2018 and become operational in the spring of 2019.

The aerating turbine has been developed by GE Renewable Energy's Hydro Solutions business to provide a unique environmental benefit for fish and other aquatic wildlife downstream of hydroelectric power plants by increasing the amount of oxygen in the rivers. This benefit is achieved by drawing air into the turbine. The oxygen in the air is transferred to the water and increases the dissolved oxygen levels downstream of the river.

said "This is an important contract for us because it will tangibly demonstrate our ability to supply this technology to an ever increasing, important US market segment,” said Pierre Marx, North America Leader for GE's Hydro Solutions. “We are delighted to be able to offer this product to Cube Hydro and our other customers, ensuring that the US market has access to the latest technology to address the dissolved oxygen challenge."

Kristina Johnson, Cube Hydro Partners's Chief Executive Officer, added: “Based on a comprehensive review of GE's aerating runner technology, we are excited about the environmental benefits this solution brings to the Yadkin River System."