GE Renewable Energy (GE) announced this week that its prototype Haliade-X on Maasvlakte 2 in Rotterdam has started operating at 14 MW. With this, GE reaches yet another milestone with the Haliade-X platform.
The Haliade-X prototype was commissioned in November 2019 at the Sif premises at Maasvlakte 2. At the time, the wind turbine was commissioned with 12 MW of power. A milestone was already reached in 2020 when the turbine reached 13 MW capacity.
The Haliade-X 14 MW is an uprated version of the Haliade-X 13 MW, which received its type certification in January 2021. The GE Renewable Energy team has now officially started certification measurements on the Haliade-X 14 MW.
With this new milestone, GE Renewable Energy becomes the first industry player to operate a turbine at this power output.
“Over the past two years we have learned a lot about operating and optimizing the performance of our Haliade-X platform, enabling us to uprate the Haliade-X platform to 14 MW today.”Vincent Schellings, Chief Technology Officer, GE Renewable Energy Offshore Wind
According to GE, one 14 MW wind turbine can generate up to 74 GWh of gross annual energy production (Gross performance based on wind conditions on a typical German North Sea site).
The Haliade-X 14 MW will make its commercial debut at the Dogger Bank C offshore wind farm, which is located over 130 km off the north-east coast of England and, together with Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B, is due to become the largest offshore wind farm in the world upon completion. GE Renewable Energy will provide 87 units of the Haliade-X 14 MW for Dogger Bank C.
The Haliade-X was also selected for the Vineyard Wind project, off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. These wind turbines will have a capacity of 13.6 MW.
In September, GE Renewable Energy also received official approval for the construction of a new wind turbine blade factory in Teesside, England. The factory will manufacture wind turbine blades measuring 107 metres in length from tip to root for the 220-metre rotor of the Haliade-X. Source: GE