GE inks Chinese agreement for Haliade-X

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 08/11/2019 4C Offshore
GE and SPIC (State Power Investment Corporation Ltd.) have signed an agreement to introduce the 12MW Haliade-X offshore wind turbine to the Chinese market. The cooperation agreement will also see the construction of an offshore wind assembly factory in Jieyang City to promote GE’s offshore wind operation and research in Guangdong Province.

Just yesterday (7 November 2019) GE announced that its 12 MW
Haliade-X prototype has produced its first kWh. Local teams will now proceed with testing phase, during which will perform different types of measurements to obtain a Type Certificate in 2020.

This Haliade-X 12 MW prototype unit was installed onshore to facilitate access during the testing phase. It is part of a multi-million dollar investment that GE claims will contribute to reducing the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) by making offshore wind a more competitive source of renewable energy.

Haliade-X features 107m long blades which have been designed by LM Wind Power. GE claims that the new model has a gross capacity factor of 63% and will be able to generate up to 67 GWh in gross annual energy. It estimates that each turbine could power 16,000 European households and save 24 million tons of carbon dioxide.

A second Haliade-X 12 MW nacelle is currently being assembled at Saint-Nazaire, for dispatch to the ORE Catapult test centre in Blyth, United Kingdom, where it will be tested in operating conditions under a fiver-year research and development agreement.

Earlier this week a blade designed for the
Haliade-X offshore wind turbine arrived at Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Wind Technology Testing Center in Boston, Massachusetts (U.S.A.). The blade will undergo a series of fatigue tests that involve moving it millions of times over the period of a few months to validate that it can withstand more than 25 years of operation at sea. The testing is part of the process of commercialising GE’s turbine by 2021.

Haliade-X 12 MW turbine has been selected for deployment on a number of projects both in the UK and in the USA. Subject to final agreed and signed contract and all required project approvals, Ørsted will deploy Haliade-X 12MW wind turbines on the two offshore wind farms constituting Ørsted’s Mid-Atlantic cluster. This includes the 120 MW Skipjack project off the coast of Maryland and the 1,100 MW Ocean Wind project off New Jersey.

SSE Renewables recently announced plans to deploy the Haliade-X turbine on three projects off the east coast of England,
Dogger Bank Creyke Beck A and Dogger Bank Creyke Beck B.

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