Offshore, Onshore, Project Development, Wind Power

World’s Largest Offshore Wind Turbine Prototype To Be Installed In Rotterdam

The turbine is designed to capture offshore wind and turn it into electricity, however, the Haliade-X 12 MW prototype will be installed onshore to facilitate access for testing. During the initial period of operations, it will allow GE to collect data needed to obtain a Type Certificate, a key step in commercializing the product in 2021, said the company.

The prototype is part of the $400 (€320) million investment in the Haliade-X development announced by GE last March. The company aims to help reduce offshore wind’s cost of energy in order to make it a more competitive source of clean, renewable energy.

Site preparation has begun in Rotterdam. The nacelle of the Haliade-X 12MW prototype will be assembled in Saint-Nazaire (France), while the three 107 meter-long LM Wind Power blades will be manufactured in Cherbourg (France), and the tower sections will be produced in Seville (Spain). All components will be shipped to Rotterdam, where pre-assembly work and installation will take place.

Alderman Bonte, responsible for Rotterdam’s Energy Transition, said “In our fight against climate change we need a massive expansion of the number of windfarms at sea. We are delighted that GE has selected the Port of Rotterdam as the test location for the Haliade-X 12 MW, which is the largest wind turbine in the world and can therefore help us accelerate the clean energy transition.”

John Lavelle, VP & CEO of Offshore Wind at GE Renewable Energy said “As we rapidly progress on assembling the Haliade-X prototype, this announcement is a critical step forward for GE and our customers. The port of Rotterdam has been a real partner and provides all the necessary conditions to test the Haliade-X in the most drastic weather conditions.”


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