GE Renewable Energy announced today the shipment of the four tower sections that will be part of GE’s Haliade-X 12 MW prototype to be installed later this summer in Maasvlakte-Rotterdam. The tower sections are manufactured by GRI in Seville, Spain.
The shipment will be arriving in Rotterdam before the end of the month. Upon arrival, a series of pre-assembly works will take place, including the installation of some tower segments. The nacelle and blades will be shipped to Maasvlakte-Rotterdam and installed before the end of the summer. The nacelle is currently being assembled in Saint-Nazaire (France), while its 107-meter long blades are being manufactured at LM Wind Power site in Cherbourg (France).
This prototype will be installed onshore to provide easier access for testing. During the initial period of operations, it will allow GE Renewable Energy to collect data needed to obtain a Type Certificate, a key step to go into serial production in 2021. Source: GE Renewable Energy