GE Renewable Energy has unveiled its plan to develop the largest, most powerful offshore wind turbine: the Haliade-X. Featuring a 12 MW direct drive generator and a gross capacity factor of 63% the Haliade-X will produce 45% more energy than any other offshore turbine available today. GE will invest more than $400 million over the next three to five years in the project.
John Flannery, Chairman and CEO of GE, said, "We want to lead in the technologies that are driving the global energy transition. Offshore wind is one of those technologies and we will bring the full resources of GE to make the Haliade-X program successful for our customers."
Towering 260 metres over the sea, more than five times the size of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, the Haliade-X carries a 220 metre rotor. Designed and manufactured by LM Wind Power, the 107 metre long blades will be the longest offshore blades to date and will be longer than the size of a soccer field. One Haliade-X turbine will generate up to 67 GWh annually, enough clean power for up to 16,000 households per turbine, and up to 1 million European households in a 750 MW windfarm configuration.
GE Renewable Energy aims to supply its first nacelle for demonstration in 2019 and ship the first units in 2021.