Yesterday, GE Renewable Energy’s (GE) prototype of its Haliade-X 12 MW offshore turbine started to produce its first power in Maasvlakte, Rotterdam.
The installation of the prototype was completed mid October. GE reported that local teams will now proceed with the testing phase, during which GE will perform different types of measurements to obtain a Type Certificate for the Haliade-X in 2020. Serial production of the Haliade-X 12 MW will start at the second half of 2021.
John Lavelle, CEO of Offshore Wind at GE Renewable Energy: “This first kWh is a critical achievement for our whole team, bringing to fruition our vision and all the hard work put in place. Innovation is part of GE’s DNA, and having successfully powered the world’s first 12 MW wind turbine, this illustrates it perfectly. There are more than 500 GE women and men behind this great success, who have been working for a year and a half to make this possible, and I’m taking this opportunity to thank all our partners and suppliers for their commitment and support.”
Several parties were involved in the project; City of Rotterdam, The Port of Rotterdam, research centre TNO-ECN, TKI Wind op ZEE (Top Consortium for Knowledge and Innovation Offshore Wind), RVO (Netherlands Enterprise Agency), French Investment Secretary (SGPI), and the French Agency for the Environmental and Energy Management (ADEME).
GE already has received orders for the Haliade. It was selected as the preferred wind turbine supplier for the 120 MW Skip Jack and 1,100 MW Ocean Wind projects in the US, and the 3,600 MW Dogger Bank offshore wind farm in the UK.
In addition to this prototype unit, a second Haliade-X 12 MW nacelle and a 107-m blade will undergo testing at ORE Catapult’s testing site in the UK.