GE Renewable Energy revealed the first manufactured components of its Haliade-X 12 MW offshore wind turbine at the production site in Saint-Nazaire, France. Over the coming weeks, the nacelle will be shipped from Saint-Nazaire to Rotterdam-Maasvlakte.
At the Maasvlakte the prototype will undergo testing to obtain the data required to receive its type certification—a key component prior to commercializing the product in 2021.The prototype will be installed on land to simplify access for testing. The tower sections have already previously been transported to the Maasvlakte.
In parallel, a second Haliade-X 12 MW nacelle will soon leave the Saint-Nazaire production site for transport to the ORE Catapult test centre at Blyth, in the United Kingdom. Here the nacelle will be testing in actual operational conditions to reduce the time required to confirm its performance levels and reliability. Source: GE