This nacelle, comparable in size to six double-decker London buses, will undergo full indoor testing as part of an advanced technology programme, replicating real-world operational conditions.
This is the second Haliade-X nacelle to be assembled, with the first recently installed in Rotterdam, which last week produced its first power.
GEs Haliade-X technology will have an important role to play in helping the UK to achieve its Offshore Wind Sector Deal goals of 30 GW by 2030, and UK Governments ambition to work for greenhouse emission reduction to net-zero by 2050, John Lavelle, President & CEO of GEs Offshore Wind business, said.
Our Haliade-X global testing program will allow us to put different components under controlled and extreme conditions in a faster way, to adapt our technology in a shortened time while introducing new features to meet customers demands, and reduce the validation time before starting serial production in 2021.
GE Renewable Energy is investing close to GBP 15 million in testing and research and development activities on the Haliade-X in the UK. In addition to the nacelle and blade testing programme, GE and ORE Catapult are also developing the Stay Ashore! programme, which aims to reduce the time people spend at sea, increasing safety and contributing to energy cost reduction by focusing on developing technology in robotics, digital and remote operations.
Once again, the North East is playing a significant role in the UK offshore wind success story by welcoming another key component of the worlds largest offshore wind turbine to date, following the arrival of the turbines 107m blade for testing earlier this year, Andrew Jamieson, Chief Executive of ORE Catapult, said.
Our objective is to subject the turbine nacelle to an extremely rigorous testing program designed to make sure it can withstand years of operation at sea. Testing these world-leading technologies in the UK cements our position as a global leader in offshore wind and presents unparalleled opportunities for the UK supply chain to develop new products and services, creating jobs and generating economic benefit.
According to GE Renewable Energy, one Haliade-X 12 MW turbine can generate up to 67 GWh of gross annual energy production, providing enough clean energy to power 16,000 European households.\ 2019 Global Data Point.