Utility company Eneco has agreed to purchase electricity generated by GE’s Haliade-X 12MW prototype in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
The renewable energy will be supplied to Eneco’s customers.
The deal was announced at the inaugural ceremony of GE’s Haliade-X 12MW prototype, which was installed at the port of Maasvlakte-Rotterdam.
Eneco COO Frans van de Noort said: “We are very proud of our cooperation with Future Wind and GE Renewable Energy, as it enables Eneco to purchase the green power produced by the Haliade-X prototype and to get hands-on experience with this innovative and powerful new turbine that represents the future of offshore wind energy.”
GE noted that its prototype wind turbine created a new record by generating 262MWh of clean energy in a span of 24 hours, which is sufficient to power 30,000 households in the region.
The company further said that its Haliade-X prototype will undergo validation tests for power curve, loads, grid performance and reliability, as well as operational procedures for installation and services teams in the next five years.
The validation will allow the company to secure a Type Certificate for the Haliade-X in 2020.
GE Renewable Energy Offshore Wind CEO John Lavelle said: “Along with the industry’s compelling value proposition, technology innovation is a key driver of the offshore wind market.
“Because it is the most powerful machine in the industry, the Haliade-X allows our customers to drive down the cost of wind energy and speed the adoption of clean, renewable energy.
“The testing that the prototype will undergo is one part of a multi-faceted testing process that will enable us to commercialise the Haliade-X by 2021, just in time for the strong growth uptick we are seeing in offshore wind worldwide.”