GE Renewable Energy has unveiled the nacelle for the first of its Haliade-X 12-MW offshore wind turbines
GE Renewable Energy said the nacelle, which was revealed for the first time at a ceremony at its production facility in Saint-Nazaire, France today (22 July 2019), will be shipped from Saint-Nazaire to Rotterdam-Maasvlakte in the Netherlands in the coming weeks, where the Haliade-X 12-MW prototype is being tested on land.
The initial phase of testing is designed to allow GE Renewable Energy to obtain the data required to receive type certification for the turbine – which it expects to do in 2020 – an important milestone on the way to commercialising it in 2021.
A second Haliade-X 12-MW nacelle is also being assembled at Saint-Nazaire, prior to dispatch to the ORE Catapult test centre at Blyth, in the UK. The nacelle will be tested under actual operational conditions to reduce the time required to confirm its performance levels and reliability.
GE Renewable Energy chief executive Jérôme Pécresse said, “Today’s presentation of the first ever Haliade-X 12-MW nacelle at Saint-Nazaire is the start of a new phase in our ongoing commitment to the offshore wind turbine segment.
“This project clearly reflects our ability to invest and innovate, supporting our customers in an ultra-competitive market in exponential growth.”
GE Renewable Energy offshore wind chief executive John Lavelle said, “We are on track to start commercialising this new product very shortly. Once we have received the type certificate, we will be ready to start mass production and send out the first commercial units by mid-2021.”
The Haliade-X can generate 67 GWh in gross annual energy. The 12-MW turbine has a rotor diameter of 220 m, height of 260 m, 107 m blades and swept area of 38,000 m2 .