November 8 (Renewables Now) - The 12-MW Haliade-X offshore wind turbine prototype at the port of Rotterdam generated first power on Thursday, GE Renewable Energy announced.
The biggest offshore wind turbine globally is now entering the testing phase, during which General Electric (NYSE:GE) will perform measurements needed to secure a Type Certificate in 2020. Serial production is planned to commence in the second half of 2021.
A second Haliade-X 12 MW nacelle will soon be shipped to ORE Catapult’s testing site in the UK. A special programme there, replicating real-world operational conditions, will help reduce the time required to validate the machine’s performance and reliability.
With a rotor diameter of 220 metre (722 ft) and blades with a length of 107 metres, one 12-MW GE 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 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.