World’s Most Powerful Offshore Wind Turbine | Haliade-X | GE Renewable Energy
General Electric’s Energy Division will conduct testing of elements of the largest and most powerful offshore wind generator GE Haliade-X 12 MW, the blades of which are longer than a football field.
In Boston Harbor, GE Renewable Energy unveiled the first 107 meter blade that will undergo a series of fatigue tests over the next few months. The tests will simulate the conditions under which it will face after 25 years of operation in the sea. Other elements are already being tested at the British plant in Blyth, and the first turbine prototype in Rotterdam.
When operating offshore, the 12 MW Haliade-X turbine will generate up to 67 GW of power per year. This is enough to meet the needs of about 5 thousand. houses or apartments.
According to the developers, against the background of the growth of the offshore wind energy market, the new generator will help reduce the cost of clean energy and accelerate the development of renewable energy..
This is because longer blades allow the turbine to capture more wind, increasing the power factor of the unit by up to 63%. For currently operating offshore wind turbines, this figure averages 40%, according to the International Energy Agency..
The largest working installation at the moment is developed by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. At the beginning of the year, it launched the first SG 10.0-193 DD wind turbine with a power of 10 MW, the length of the blades is 94 meters.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: GE Renewable Energy