GE Renewable Energy with the Dogger Bank Wind Farm has recently signed the supply contract for the first two phases having the potential of becoming the world’s largest offshore wind farm. This is a joint venture between SSE Renewables and Equinor.
The supply contract includes the agreement of supplying a total of 190 units of 13 MW Haliade-X wind turbine, a five-year Service, and a Warranty agreement. The warranty agreement is included in order to ensure operational support to the wind turbines.
The Company, GE announced that their engineers have succeded in finding a way to operate the Haliade-X Turbine at a comparatively high output level than before. The Haliade-X is made up of three blades, each 107 meters long, probably longer than a football field and 220-meter rotor.
The core components will be made using GE’s Manufacturing facilities in France. Along with this, GE has also made a supply contract with wind farms for water around the coats of New Jersey and Maryland to provide Haliade-X turbines. Haliade-X is so powerful that one spin of it has the capacity of generating enough electricity to power UK households and that too for more than 2 days.
President and CEO of Offshore Wind at GE Renewable Energy, John Lavelle, said,
We are delighted to take the next step in developing the most advanced proven technology in the market. At GE, innovation is in our DNA, and that is why we continue to innovate, enhance and develop the Haliade-X platform to meet market demands to deliver offshore wind as a competitive and affordable source of renewable energy. In signing these agreements with Dogger Bank, our Haliade-X technology will now have an important role to play in the UK’s offshore wind ambitions (40GW by 2030) and greenhouse emission reduction to “net-zero” by 2050.
The Haliade-X 13 MW is an upgraded version of 12 MW unit, operating in Rotterdam since November 2019. This has recently succeeded in securing its provisional type certificate from DNV-GL.
The Haliade-X platform, at the UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult testing facility in Blyth, at Boston’s Wind Technology Testing Center in the US, and at the prototype site in Rotterdam, Netherlands, is undergoing a rigorous series of test.