New Jersey requests Ocean Wind be made exempt from an injunction against GE's turbines

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 17/08/2022 4C Offshore

The US State of New Jersey has filed an amicus brief with the District Court of Massachusetts in an effort to allow GE Renewable Energy deliver Haliade-X 12 MW offshore wind turbines for the
Ocean Wind 1 wind energy project offshore New Jersey despite the company's patent dispute with Siemens Gamesa.

Filed back in 2020, Siemens Gamesa's lawsuit alleged that GE’s offshore wind turbine Haliade-X infringes two of its offshore Direct Drive technology patents. One concerned the enhancement of direct drive technology and the other concerned structural support.

In June 2022, a jury in Boston found that GE infringed on one of Siemens Gamesa’s patents related to structural support of large offshore wind turbines. As a result, Siemens Gamesa was awarded a royalty rate of $30,000 per megawatt. A permanent injunction is being now being sought against GE Renewable energy for its turbines.

In support of the Ocean Wind project, The State of New Jersey in its amicus brief requested that the project be made except from the injunction as it would "make it impossible to complete the project in a timely manner" as developers would be forced to redesign the project. It also claims the injunction would have "adverse effects" on the State's citizens.

The Ocean Wind offshore wind farm is located 15 miles off the coast of Southern New Jersey and is being developed by Ørsted and PSEG. The project is to consist of up to 98 wind turbines and have an overall capacity of between 1,215 to 1,440 MW. When commissioned it is expected to provide clean energy to 500,000 homes in New Jersey.

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