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7th November 2019, Boston, MA

World’s most powerful offshore wind turbine arrives in Boston

© GE Renewable Energy

© GE Renewable Energy

GE Renewable Energy and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) this week announced the arrival of a blade that is part of the most powerful offshore wind turbine in the industry at MassCEC’s Wind Technology Testing Center (WTTC) in Boston.

The 107-metre blade will undergo a series of fatigue tests that involve moving it millions of times over the period of a few months to validate that it can withstand more than 25 years of operation at sea. The testing is part of the process of commercialising GE’s Haliade-X 12 MW turbine – the most powerful in the industry – by 2021, strengthening the company’s ability to compete in a market steadily gaining momentum in the US and globally.

“This has really been a collaborative effort on the part of the company to be part of solving the challenges associated with the energy transition,” said GE chairman and CEO H. Lawrence Culp, Jr. “We think the Haliade-X is the right turbine at the right time as the offshore industry globally and particularly here in the US is poised to take off. We’re proud Boston is part of this effort, and we appreciate the work the Commonwealth has put forth in laying out the roadmap by which Massachusetts can be a leading developer and user of offshore wind technology.”

© GE Renewable Energy

© GE Renewable Energy

“The arrival of General Electric’s innovative wind blade technology in the Commonwealth signals Massachusetts’ continued leadership in the emerging US offshore wind industry,” added Governor Charlie Baker. “Offshore wind represents an important energy source as the Commonwealth works to meet ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets, and we look forward to working with the industry to drive down costs, improve efficiency and develop of a hub of activity here in Massachusetts.”

The WTTC offers a full suite of certification tests for turbine blade sections up to 90 metres in length and the latest testing and prototype development methodologies to help the wind industry deploy the next generation of offshore and land-based wind turbine technologies. Since opening in 2011, WTTC has run 35 distinct blade testing programs entailing hundreds of individual blade tests.

On October 22, the US Department of Energy announced a slate of awards to support wind energy research, development, and demonstration projects, which included a grant to MassCEC for equipment upgrades at the WTTC to enable structural testing of 85 to 120-meter long blades.

GE Renewable Energy recently announced that the company has been selected as the preferred turbine supplier by Ørsted and the owners of the Dogger Bank Wind Farm to provide the Haliade-X for 4.8 GWs of projects in the US and the U.K.

The Haliade-X 12MW is a multi-million dollar investment that will help reduce offshore wind’s cost of energy in order to make it a more competitive source of clean and renewable energy, with each Haliade-X turbine being capable of powering over 5,000 US homes. The global offshore wind market is projected to grow to 120GW by 2030 by the Global Wind Energy Council. Numerous US states, including Massachusetts, have set ambitious offshore wind targets totalling nearly 20 GWs and it is estimated that there is a $70 billion supply chain opportunity associated with the new industry.

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