GE Vernova’s Offshore Wind business announced on 10 October that the first of its Haliade-X offshore wind turbines installed at sea has begun producing power. It has been installed in the Dogger Bank wind farm located 130 km off the UK coast. The turbine was one of the first of the next generation wind turbine generators at 13 MW+ to become operational at sea and is the largest ever installed in European waters.
The turbine was the first of 277 that will be installed at the 3.6 GW Dogger Bank Wind Farm, which will be the largest in world when completed. The array, which is being built in three phases – Dogger Bank A, B, and C – will ultimately include a mix of 13 and 14 MW Haliade-X turbines and will meet about 5% of the UK’s electricity demand.
A prototype of the Haliade-X has been operating on land in the port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands and has been undergoing testing for over three years. The unit has received independent certification from DNV to operate at up to 14.7 MW as a result of extensive testing conducted on the prototype.
Image: Dogger Bank Wind Farm