GE’s Mega 12MW Turbine Prototype Takes Shape

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  • The four tower sections of GE’s Haliade-X 12 MW prototype wind turbine will shortly be installed at Maasvlakte-Rotterdam site
  • Haliade-X nacelle and blades are being manufactured and they will be shipped to prototype site later in the European summer for full installation

GE Renewable Energy announced the shipment of the four tower sections that will be part of GE’s Haliade-X 12 MW prototype to be installed later this summer in Maasvlakte-Rotterdam (NL). The four segments at tower manufacturer GRI’s site in Seville, will be arriving in the Netherlands before the end of the month.

Upon arrival in Rotterdam, a series of pre-assembly works will take place, including the installation of some  tower segments. After the nacelle and blade components arrive later in the summer, local teams will complete the prototype installation.

John Lavelle, President & CEO of Offshore Wind at GE Renewable Energy said “The shipping of tower sections is another important milestone in the development of our Haliade-X 12MW prototype in Maasvlakte-Rotterdam. Our teams in Cherbourg and Saint-Nazaire are rapidly progressing on Haliade-X assembly, and we are working to get the unit fully installed before the end of the summer.”

Haliade-X 12MW nacelle is currently being assembled in Saint-Nazaire (France), while its 107-meter long blades are being manufactured at LM Wind Power site in Cherbourg (France). Nacelle and blades will be shipped to Maasvlakte-Rotterdam and installed before the end of the summer.

This prototype will be installed onshore to provide easier access for testing. During the initial period of operations, it will allow GE Renewable Energy to collect data needed to obtain a Type Certificate, a key step to go into serial production in 2021.

Haliade-X 12 MW is a multi-million investment that will help that will help reduce offshore wind’s cost of energy in order to make it a more competitive source of clean and renewable energy.

Haliade-X 12 MW mega turbine in numbers:

  • 12MW capacity
  • 220-meter rotor
  • 260 meters high
  • 107-meter long blades
  • 67GWh gross Annual Energy Production**
  • One Haliade-X 12 MW can generate enough clean power to supply 16,000 households

Author: Bryan Groenendaal


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