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15th November 2019, Blyth

GE’s Haliade-X 12 MW nacelle arrives in UK

The Haliade-X 12 MW is a multi-million investment. © GE

The Haliade-X 12 MW is a multi-million investment. © GE

Having received the first 107-metre long blade for GE’s Haliade-X 12 MW – the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine – the ORE Catapult in Blyth, UK, has now taken delivery of its nacelle for testing.

Comparable in size to six double-decker London buses, the nacelle will undergo full indoor testing as part of an advanced technology programme that will replicate real-world operational conditions. This is the second Haliade-X nacelle to be assembled, with the first recently installed in Rotterdam which last week produced its first kWh.

“GE’s Haliade-X technology will have an important role to play in helping the UK to achieve its Offshore Wind Sector Deal goals of 30 GW by 2030, and the UK Government’s ambition to work for greenhouse emission reduction to net-zero by 2050,” said John Lavelle, president and CEO of GE’s Offshore Wind business. “Our global testing programme will allow us to put different components under controlled and extreme conditions in a faster way, to adapt our technology in a shortened time while introducing new features to meet customer demands, and reduce the validation time before starting serial production in 2021.”

“Once again, the North East is playing a significant role in the UK offshore wind success story by welcoming another key component of the world’s largest offshore wind turbine to date,” said Andrew Jamieson, CEO of the ORE Catapult. “Testing these world-leading technologies in the UK cements our position as a global leader in offshore wind and presents unparalleled opportunities for the UK supply chain to develop new products and services, creating jobs and generating economic benefit.”

GE Renewable Energy is investing close to £15 million in testing and research and development activities on the Haliade-X in the UK. In addition to the nacelle and blade testing program, GE and ORE Catapult are also developing the ‘Stay Ashore!” programme, which aims to reduce the time people spend at sea, increasing safety and contributing to energy cost reduction by focusing on developing technology in robotics, digital and remote operations.

The Haliade-X 12 MW is a multi-million investment and will contribute to reducing the cost of offshore wind energy in order to make it a more competitive source of clean and renewable energy. One Haliade-X 12 MW turbine can generate up to 67 GWh of gross annual energy production to provide enough clean energy to power 16,000 European households and save up to 42,000 metric tons of CO2.

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