February 7 (Renewables Now) - GE Renewable Energy’s 12-MW Haliade-X offshore wind turbine prototype has broken its own production record this week by generating 288 MWh continuously over 24 hours, becoming again the world’s first turbine to pull it off.
In mid-December, the giant turbine, installed at the port of Maasvlakte-Rotterdam in the Netherlands, set a global record by becoming the first one ever to produce 262 MWh of power in 24 hours. This much output is enough to supply 30,000 households in the region, GE Renewable Energy then said.
This week’s success, which GE Renewable Energy shared on social media, comes just four months after the Haliade-X prototype was installed at the Rotterdam port to undergo a series of validation tests needed to secure a Type Certificate in 2020.
The machine will stay at the port for the next five years and generate power for Dutch utility Eneco, which secured the turbine’s output last December.
Serial production is planned to commence in the second half of 2021. Meanwhile, Haliade-X has been picked as the preferred turbine for 4,800 MW of offshore wind projects -- the 120-MW Skip Jack and the 1,100-MW Ocean Wind projects in the US, and the 3,600-MW Dogger Bank offshore wind complex in the UK.