Greater than three years after revealing plans to construct a monster offshore wind turbine referred to as the Haliade-X, GE Renewable Vitality has introduced that the prototype of the newest and strongest member of the household has began working at 14 MW in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
The primary model within the Haliade-X platform grew to become the primary offshore wind turbine to function at 12 MW in November 2019. The uprated Haliade-X 13 mannequin launched in 2020 and acquired its kind certification in January of this 12 months, and now GE Renewable Vitality has grow to be the primary within the business to run a turbine at 14 MW.
Primarily an enhanced model of the opposite generators within the platform, every of the Haliade-X 14’s blades measures 107 m (351 ft) lengthy, it stands 260 m (853 ft) excessive and the corporate reckons that the turbine has the potential to provide as much as 74 GWh of power annually.
The flagship of the Haliade-X platform will make its industrial debut on the Dogger Financial institution C offshore wind farm some 130 km (80 miles) off the North East coast of England, the place 87 generators can be put in. Every of the three phases of the venture is predicted to have a era capability of 1.2 GW, with all three reported able to powering some six million houses when the “world’s largest offshore wind farm” is up and operating in 2026.
GE Renewable Vitality has now began the method to get the 14 MW mannequin prepared for certification.
After all the Haliade-X 14 may not be the world’s largest and strongest offshore wind turbine for lengthy, with Denmark’s Vestas already nipping at its heels with the – nonetheless in improvement – V236-15.0 MW mannequin, which is because of be constructed subsequent 12 months and enter serial manufacturing in 2024.