October 18 (Renewables Now) - GE Renewable Energy has installed the prototype of its 12-MW Haliade-X offshore wind turbine at the port of Rotterdam, the General Electric (NYSE:GE) unit said on Thursday.
With a rotor diameter of 220 metre (722 ft) and blades with a length of 107 metres, the machine is the biggest offshore wind turbine globally. It has a 63% capacity factor, which the manufacturer says is five to seven points above industry standard.
Installed at a site owned by Sif Holding NV (AMS:SIFG) in Maasvlakte, the Haliade-X prototype will produce data needed for the issuance of a Type Certificate next year, GE said.
According to the manufacturer, a 12-MW turbine can generate 67 GWh annually, or enough electricity for about 16,000 European homes, and avoid up to 42 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The first orders for the new machine have already been placed, coming from SSE Renewables and Equinor ASA (NYSE:EQNR) for the Dogger Bank offshore complex in the North Sea. Also, Denmark’s Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED) has selected the Haliade-X turbine for the 120-MW Skipjack project off Maryland and the 1.1-GW Ocean Wind complex off New Jersey.