Preparatory work is now well underway at Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands for testing the prototype of GE Renewable Energy’s 12-MW Haliade-X offshore wind turbine.
Future Wind, a joint venture between Pondera Development and SIF Holding Netherlands, held a ground-breaking ceremony at Maasvlakte in the Port of Rotterdam to celebrate the start of activity required to host GE’s new turbine.
Preparatory activity got underway earlier this year with the turbine's foundation constructed. The Haliade-X 12 MW nacelle, blades and tower are due to arrive mid-year.
Future Wind managers Hans Rijntalder and Diederik de Bruin said, “The Haliade X-12MW marks a new step in offshore wind.”
GE Renewable Energy chief technology officer and general manager product development offshore wind Vincent Schellings said, “We are very excited about the prototype and are on schedule to install the largest and most powerful wind turbine in the world, one that will help make offshore wind energy even more competitive.”
Testing the prototype in Rotterdam will enable GE Renewable Energy to collect the data needed to obtain a type certificate in 2020 and ship the first commercial units in 2021.
The Haliade-X 12 MW is being assembled at GE’s factory in Saint-Nazaire, France; three LM Wind Power-designed 107-m blades are being manufactured in Cherbourg, France; and tower sections are being produced in Seville, Spain.