GE Renewable Energy has released details of the Haliade-X 12 MW, the largest offshore wind turbine in the world to date.
The 12 MW turbine has a rotor diameter of 220 m, 107 m blades designed by LM Wind Power, and what the company called “digital capabilities.”
GE said the Haliade-X 12 MW will have a capacity factor of 63%.
The company said the combination of a larger rotor, longer blades and higher capacity factor will make the Haliade-X less sensitive to wind speed variations, increasing predictability and the ability to generate more power at low wind speeds.
The 12 MW turbine will be able to generate 67 GWh annually, which is a 45% greater annual energy production than the most powerful machines on the market today, and twice as much as the Haliade 150-6MW.
Digital tools (based on GE’s Predix platform) are being developed exclusively for the offshore environment with an approach that will help customers undertake remote diagnostics, and optimise operations and maintenance.
GE said it is investing US$400M over the next three to five years in developing the Haliade-X. The investment will include a US$57M investment at its Saint-Nazaire manufacturing facility to adapt the site for assembly of Haliade-X nacelles.
An additional US$93M will be invested in Cherbourg for tooling, blade moulds, assembly lines and blade development.
The project will create 550 direct jobs in Cherbourg over the course of the next three years (around 100 in 2018).