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GE unveils plans to develop 12MW offshore wind turbine

CTBR Staff Writer Published 02 March 2018

GE has unveiled its plans for the development of a new Haliade-X, a 12MW turbine for powering offshore wind farms.

The new wind turbine will feature a direct-drive generator, which claims to have a gross capacity factor of up to 63%.

According to the company, the turbine can generate 45% more energy compared to other offshore wind turbines available currently.

A single turbine generator is claimed to generate up to 67GWh of clean energy annually, which is enough to power up to 16,000 European households.

When installed in a wind farm with 750MW configuration, the wind farm can generate enough electricity to power up to a million homes in Europe.

GE intends to develop the wind turbine with an investment of $400m, which will be used to fund the engineering, testing and supply chain development over the next three to five years.

GE chairman and CEO John Flannery said: “We want to lead in the technologies that are driving the global energy transition. Offshore wind is one of those technologies and we will bring the full resources of GE to make the Haliade-X program successful for our customers.”

Each turbine will be 260m tall and will carry a 220m rotor. The turbine will feature 107m long blades, which will be designed and built by LM Wind Power.

GE's Haliade-X platform is claimed to have been designed to provide higher efficiency in generating power from the available wind.

GE Renewable Energy president and CEO Jérôme Pécresse said: “The renewables industry took more than 20 years to install the first 17GW of offshore wind. Today, the industry forecasts that it will install more than 90GW 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.”

The company aims to demostrate the first nacelle next year and the shipping of the first units is expected to take place in 2021.

Image: A single unit of GE’s 12MW turbine could power 16,000 homes. Photo: Courtesy of General Electric.