Haliade-X 12 MW prototype to be installed in Rotterdam

29 January 2019

GE Renewable Energy and Future Wind (a Joint Venture of Pondera Development and SIF Holding Netherlands) have signed an agreement to install the first Haliade-X 12 MW wind turbine prototype in Maasvlakte-Rotterdam during the coming summer. The deal includes five years of testing and a 15-year full service o0peration and maintenance agreement.

This Haliade-X 12 MW prototype will be installed onshore to facilitate access for testing. During the initial period of operations, it will allow GE to collect the data needed to obtain a Type Certificate, a key step towards commercialising the product in 2021.

Activities in Rotterdam to prepare the site for future installation have begun. The nacelle of the prototype will be assembled in Saint-Nazaire, France, while the three 107 metre-long LM Wind Power blades will be manufactured in Cherbourg, and the tower sections will be produced in Seville, Spain.

This prototype installation is part of the $400 (€320) million investment in the Haliade-X development announced by GE Renewable Energy in March last year to help reduce offshore wind's cost of energy production in order to make it more competitive.

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