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.
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
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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