Eneco, Future Wind and GE Renewable Energy have announced that Eneco is to purchase all of the electricity generated by GE’s Haliade-X 12 MW prototype, which is currently undergoing testing in Rotterdam.
The announcement was made during a ceremony to inaugurate the prototype that was recently installed at the port of Maasvlakte-Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
The prototype set a new world record earlier this month when it became the first wind turbine ever to generate 262 MWh of clean energy in 24 hours (enough energy to power 30,000 households).
The Haliade-X prototype is undergoing a series of tests to validate the turbine’s power curve, loads, grid performance and reliability. These tests will also allow GE to validate operational procedures for installation and service teams and obtain a type certificate for the Haliade-X in 2020, keeping GE on track to commercialize the turbine by 2021.
GE Renewable Energy chief executive John Lavelle said, “Along with the industry’s compelling value proposition, technology innovation is a key driver of the offshore wind market. Because it is the most powerful machine in the industry, the Haliade-X allows our customers to drive down the cost of wind energy and speed the adoption of clean, renewable energy.
“The testing that the prototype will undergo is one part of a multi-faceted process that will enable us to commercialize the Haliade-X by 2021, just in time for the strong growth uptick we are seeing in offshore wind worldwide.”
The Haliade-X has been selected as the preferred wind turbine for 4.8 GW of offshore windfarms, including the 120-MW Skip Jack and 1.1-GW Ocean Wind projects in the US, and the 3.6-GW Dogger Bank project in the UK. Series production of the Haliade-X 12 MW will start at the second half of 2021.