New Jersey’s 1.1-GW offshore wind farm takes shape with selection of GE 12-MW turbines

GE Haliade Turbine

GE Renewable Energy announced today that it has finalized supply and service contracts (subject to final notice to proceed) with Ocean Wind, the Ørsted offshore wind project located 15 miles off the coast of southern New Jersey.

Ocean Wind will use GE’s Haliade-X 12-MW wind turbine with an option to increase capacity to the 13-MW variant. The agreements will include a five-year Service & Warranty agreement to provide operational support for the wind turbines along with the Ørsted Operational and Maintenance team.

The Haliade-X 13-MW uses the same design as the 12-MW, meaning the size and dimensions of the turbines are identical. However, GE Renewable Energy engineers have optimized the turbine by making some enhancements to the cooling system and related electrical equipment so that it can produce even more power using the same design and size. As a result, GE says that one spin of the Haliade-X 13-MW can generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of a US household for a day.

John Lavelle, President & CEO, Offshore Wind at GE Renewable Energy, said, “We appreciate the continued confidence that Ørsted has shown in our Haliade-X turbine. We are excited to be a part of New Jersey’s inaugural offshore wind project and look forward to a long partnership with both Ørsted and the Garden State. The New Jersey Wind Port will be a great resource for the offshore wind industry, including GE Renewable Energy, to use in maximizing the environmental and economic development benefits that offshore wind can bring to the state and the nation. We look forward to tapping into New Jersey’s qualified workforce to help install and service these state-of-the art turbines in a safe and efficient manner.”

“Partnering with GE to supply our largest U.S. project speaks to the confidence we have in the Haliade-X turbine’s revolutionary technology,” said David Hardy, CEO Ørsted Offshore North America. “Bringing GE’s renewable energy expertise to the Garden State bodes well for the future of the industry and for New Jersey.”

The Ocean Wind Offshore Wind Farm is located over 15 miles off the coast of southern New Jersey and will be capable of powering up to the equivalent of half a million New Jersey homes each year when complete.

The Haliade-X blade will continue to be tested and optimized at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Wind Technology Testing Center in Boston and at other sites around the country and around the world. In addition, the Haliade-X prototype unit in the Netherlands, which set a world record in January 2020 by being the first wind turbine to produce 288 MWh in one day, will be operating at 13 MW in the coming months as part of its ongoing testing process.

The Haliade-X 12 and 13 MW configurations have both received type certificates from DNV-GL, the world’s largest independent certification body, providing independent verification that the new turbines will operate safely, reliably and according to design specifications.

GE Renewable Energy supplied the first Offshore Wind Farm in the U.S., the 30 MW Block Island Wind Farm off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island. The Block Island Wind Farm is operated by Ørsted. According to the American Wind Energy Association the 15 active commercial leases for offshore wind development have the potential to support approximately 25 GW of offshore wind capacity in the US.

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