GE preps for 12MW test turbine

In: Turbines

GE Renewable Energy is currently in the process of preparing the site that will host its Haliade-X 12 MW demonstration turbine. Work on the prototype is being completed in partnership with FututreWind, a joint venture between Pondera Development and SIF Holding Netherlands.

Poised to be the most powerful offshore wind turbine in the world, it will be installed in Maasvlakte, Rotterdam, Netherlands. The initial period of operations will allow GE Renewable Energy to collect data needed to obtain a Type Certificate, a step in commercialising the product in 2021.

The HaliadeX 12 MW is currently being assembled at GE’s factory in Saint-Nazaire, France. Its three LM Wind Power-designed 107-metre blades are being manufactured in Cherbourg, France, and tower sections are being produced in Seville, Spain. All components will be shipped to Rotterdam, where pre-assembly work and installation will take place.

This prototype in Rotterdam is part of the $400 million (€320 million) investment in the Haliade-X development announced by GE Renewable Energy in March 2018.

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