GE’s Haliade-X prototype reaches two-year operational milestone

GE Renewable Energy announced that its Haliade-X prototype in Rotterdam, a port city in the Netherlands, has been operating for two years.

The prototype was first commissioned in November 2019 at 12 MW. Since then GE Renewable Energy has increased capacity of the prototype to 13 MW and 14 MW.

Over the past two years, the Haliade-X has received multiple certifications, including the 12 MW, 13 MW, 13.6 MW and Typhoon certifications. The GE Renewable Energy team has also started certification measurements on the Haliade-X 14 MW, which is the first offshore wind turbine in the world to operate at 14 MW.

GE Renewable Energy claims one 14 MW turbine can generate up to 74 GWh of gross annual energy production, saving up to 52,000 metric tons of C02, which is the equivalent of the emissions generated by 11,000 vehicles in one year. All the electricity generated by the Haliade-X prototype is purchased by Eneco, a Dutch utility company.

Jan Kjaersgaard, CEO of Offshore Wind at GE Renewable Energy, said: “We’re pleased to announce that our Haliade-X prototype has reached its two-year operational milestone. Over the two years, we have learned a lot from operating the prototype intensively in a windy and harsh environment. We continue to innovate and develop our Haliade-X technology, and with 5.6 GW of customer commitments so far, it is clear that we are addressing our customers’ needs, enabling them to deliver clean energy to consumers around the world.”

Dogger Bank A and  Dogger Bank B wind farm off the north-east coast of England will feature 190 Haliade-X turbines and together with Dogger Bank C. GE Renewable Energy will also supply 62 Haliade-X turbines for Vineyard Wind 1, the first utility-scale offshore wind installation in the US.

In September, GE received planning approval for its blade factory in Teesside. This factory will make 107 metre-long turbine blades for the Haliade-X's 220 metre rotor.

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