GE’s Goliath Nacelle for 12MW Wind Turbine Rolls Out of Factory

  • GE Renewable Energy revealed the first manufactured components of the Haliade-X 12 MW offshore wind turbine at its production site in Saint-Nazaire, France.
  • The new offshore wind turbine boasts unparalleled dimensions and the use of advanced technologies. Read more

The first nacelle revealed today will be shipped from Saint-Nazaire to Rotterdam-Maasvlakte in the Netherlands over the coming weeks, where its components will be assembled into the Haliade-X 12 MW prototype to be tested there. The prototype will be installed on land to simplify access for testing. This initial phase is designed to allow GE Renewable Energy to obtain the data required to receive its type certification—a key component prior to commercializing the product in 2021.

In parallel, a second Haliade-X 12 MW nacelle is currently being assembled at Saint-Nazaire, prior to dispatch to the ORE Catapult test centre at Blyth, in the United Kingdom, in the coming months. The nacelle will be testing in actual operational conditions to reduce the time required to confirm its performance levels and reliability.

Credit: GE Renewable Energy

The Haliade-X’s market-leading nacelle and 107-m long blades will allow GE’s customers to generate more power, providing enough clean energy to power 16,000 European households and save up to 42 million metric tons of CO2, the equivalent of the emissions generated by 9,000 vehicles in one year alone.

Jérôme Pécresse, GE Renewable Energy CEO, declared “Today’s presentation of the first ever Haliade-X 12 MW nacelle at Saint-Nazaire is the start of a key new phase in our ongoing commitment to structuring the offshore wind turbine segment. This project clearly reflects our ability to invest and innovate, supporting our customers on an ultra-competitive market in exponential growth. Thanks to the Haliade-X 12 MW, we are proud to prepare for the future of the offshore wind industry from Saint-Nazaire, a benchmark production site for offshore wind international projects.”

A few figures for the Haliade-X 12 MW

  • 12 MW capacity
  • 220m rotor
  • Height: 260m
  • Blade length: 107m
  • Gross annual energy: 67 GWh
  • Wind exposure: 38,000 m2
  • One Haliade-X 12 MW can generate enough clean energy to power 16,000 households

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