November 13 (Renewables Now) - The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has received a nacelle from the 12-MW Haliade-X offshore wind turbine for testing in Blyth, England, GE Renewable Energy said Tuesday.
The nacelle will be subjected to various tests as part of an advanced technology programme, replicating real-world operational conditions.
“Our Haliade-X global testing program will allow us to put different components under controlled and extreme conditions in a faster way, to adapt our technology in a shortened time while introducing new features to meet customers’ demands, and reduce the validation time before starting serial production in 2021,” explained John Lavelle, head of Offshore Wind at the renewable energy unit of General Electric (NYSE:GE).
Two LM Wind Power blades for the 12-MW turbine are also undergoing a full range of tests at two locations. One arrived at the ORE Catapult facility in Blyth this summer, and the other reached Massachusetts’ Wind Technology Testing Center (WTTC) in Boston last week.
GE Renewable Energy said it will spend almost GBP 15 million on testing and research and development (R&D) activities for the Haliade-X in the UK. The prototype of the 12-MW turbine at the port of Rotterdam generated first power last week.
With a rotor diameter of 220 metre (722 ft) and blades with a length of 107 metres, one Haliade-X turbine can generate 67 GWh annually 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.