Haliade-X generates a new world record

by James Bernthal-Hooker in Turbines 07/02/2020 GE

The 12MW Haliade-X  offshore wind turbine is enjoying increased success. GE reports that the prototype in the Port of Rotterdam has set a new world record as the first ever wind turbine to generate 288 MWh continuously in a 24-hour period.

Back in November 2019, 4C Offshore reported that the prototype had produced its first power. 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 levelised 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.

The Haliade-X prototype is set to undergo a series of validation tests ofver the next five years. GE plans to obtain a type certificate by mid-2020 and to commercialise the wind turbine by 2021.

Earlier last year, SSE Renewables 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. There are also potential plans for Ørsted to deploy the model at its Skipjack offshore wind farm in the United States. The power from the protype in Rotterdam is being bought by Enerco.

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