Friday, December 1, 2023

World’s most powerful offshore wind turbine is now running at 14 MW

GE Renewable Energy announced that its Haliade-X offshore wind turbine prototype has started operating at 14 MW in Rotterdam, a port city in the Netherlands.

Back in November 2019, the first version of Haliade-X became the first offshore wind turbine to operate at 12 MW. Then the upgraded Haliade-X 13 MW was launched in 2020 and received its type certification in January 2021. Now, GE Renewable Energy is now the first industry player to operate a turbine at 14 MW power output.

The giant Haliade-X 14 MW is an upgraded version of the Haliade-X 13 MW, which can generate up to 74 GWh of gross annual energy production, saving up to 52,000 metric tons of C02, which is the equivalent of the emissions generated by 11,000 vehicles in one year. Each Haliade-X 14’s blade measures 107-meter long, stands 260-meter high, and features a 220-meter rotor.

The Haliade-X 14 MW will make its commercial debut at the Dogger Bank C offshore wind farm, which is located over 130 km off the northeast coast of England. Together with Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B, it is due to become the largest offshore wind farm in the world upon completion. The company will provide 87 units of the Haliade-X 14 MW for Dogger Bank C.

In February this year, we reported that Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas announced the launch of a giant 15 MW offshore wind turbine, thus dethroning the Haliade-X 14 MW as the world’s largest offshore wind turbine. But the V236-15.0 MW hasn’t yet begun to spin. The first prototype is expected to be installed in 2022, while serial production is scheduled for 2024.