Swedish power company Vattenfall will partner with GE Renewable Energy to deploy the latter’s new wind turbine, Haliade-X, in Europe.
Haliade-X has a 12MW capacity and is the largest offshore wind turbine available on the market. It will be equipped with a 220-metre rotor and 107-metre blade.
Each Haliade-X turbine can generate 67GWh of power a year, which is enough energy to supply 16,000 European households annually.
The partnership is the result of exchanges between the parties for one year. During that time, Vattenfall performed in-depth technical due diligence while the platform customisation was conducted jointly by both companies.
Vattenfall Business Area Wind senior vice-president and head Gunnar Groebler said: “As a leader of the wind industry, we are constantly striving for top-notch technology. The cooperation with GE Renewable Energy enables us to remain one step ahead in wind turbine technology developments.
“The size and performance of Haliade-X 12MW will support us to further improve the competitiveness of offshore wind energy production. Due to a lower number of turbines needed for future wind farms, there is also a positive impact on the environmental footprint.”
According to Vattenfall, the nacelle of the new 12MW turbine will be assembled in GE’s Saint Nazaire factory and blades will be produced in LM Wind Power factory in Cherbourg, France.
Groebler added: “Vattenfall wants to achieve fossil free living within one generation. By doing that it is also our role to use our capabilities to contribute to the development and reinforcement of the supply chain in Europe and in this particular case, in France.”
The Haliade-X prototype is likely to be installed in Rotterdam, The Netherlands this summer, with plans to ship the first commercial units in 2021.