Haliade-X 12 MW update

107m blade for GE Haliade-X at factory in Cherbourg

The production of the components for the prototype of the Haliade-X 12 MW offshore wind turbine by GE Renewable Energy that will be installed at Maasvlakte-Rotterdam is progressing.

On June 20, the 4 tower sections already arrived in the port of Rotterdam. The tower sections are manufactured by GRI in Seville, Spain.

The nacelle is produced by GE in Saint-Nazaire, France. The 107-metre blades are produced by LM Wind Power in Cherbourg, France. Prior to installation in the Netherlands, the nacelle and 1 blade will first go to the UK to undergo several tests to optimise the wind turbine before starting serial production, planned for 2021.

The tests are performed at ORE Catapult in Blyth, in the North East of the UK. The Haliade-X 12 MW nacelle will undergo a program that will replicate real-world operational conditions to reduce the time required to validate performance and reliability. In addition, the 107-meter LM Wind Power blade will undergo a full range of advanced testing procedures (including static and fatigue) to fully demonstrate the blade’s ability to withstand peak wind conditions and to simulate the blade’s readiness for years of operation at sea.

GE Renewable Energy is investing close to £15 million in testing and Research & Development activities on Haliade-X mostly in the UK. In addition to the nacelle and blade testing program, GE Renewable Energy and ORE Catapult are also developing the “Stay Ashore!” program, which aims to reduce the time people spend at sea, increasing safety and contributing to energy cost reduction by focusing on developing technology in robotics, digital and remote operations. Source: GE Renewable Energy