GE Renewable Energy yesterday said that it will invest about $400 million through 2021 for development and deployment of the 12-MW Haliade-X, direct-drive offshore wind turbine.
The wind turbine will stand at 260 meters above the sea and will have a 220-meter rotor. The blades, designed and manufactured by LM Wind Power, will be 107-meters long.
“The renewables industry took more than 20 years to install the first 17 GW of offshore wind,” Jerome Pecresse, president and CEO of GE Renewable Energy, said in a statement. “Today, the industry forecasts that it will install more than 90 GW over the next 12 years. This is being driven by lower cost of electricity from scale and technology. The Haliade-X shows GE’s commitment to the offshore wind segment and will set a new benchmark for cost of electricity, thus driving more offshore growth.”
GE said that each turbine will generate up to 67 GWh annually, which could power up to 5,000 households.
The company said it plans to supply its first nacelle for demonstration in 2019 and ship the first units in 2021.
Lead image credit: GE Renewable Energy