GE Renewable Energy announced that its 12MW+ Haliade-X wind turbine received full type certification for operation up to 14.7MW from DNV (the world’s largest independent certification body).
DNV is an internationally accredited registrar and classification society headquartered in Høvik, Norway. Previously, Haliade-X received certification confirming that the turbine can operate at up to 13.6 MW.
A full type certificate is a test of the safety and reliability of the turbines, according to design specifications (Haliade-X is currently the largest wind turbine with full certification).
The certification process for Haliade-X (14.7 MW) included a series of tests on a prototype located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The prototype has been extensively tested since November 2019 and has set several world records for continuous power output in a single day.
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“At DNV, we forecast 2 TW of grid installed offshore wind power by 2050. This development is also linked to larger turbines such as GE’s Haliade-X. Increasing the size of the turbines, blades and tower will result in improved capacity factors. We are pleased to support GE with our certification services to provide safe and reliable wind turbines that support the growth of the wind industry.”
Kim Sandgaard-Mörk, Executive Vice President Renewable Energy Certification at DNV
The GE Haliade-X 14.7 MW-220 offshore wind turbine alone can generate up to 76 GWh of gross annual power generation. It has the potential to power the equivalent of 20,000 European households and avoid nearly 53,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
The 14.7 MW Haliade-X will be commissioned for the first time at the 3.6 GW Dogger Bank wind farm in the UK, which will be the largest offshore wind farm in the world when completed. It is a joint venture between SSE Renewables, Equinor and Vårgrønn, located off the east coast of Yorkshire.
dogger bank. Photo: Voltaire @Jan de Nul
Due to its size and scale, Dogger Bank is being built in three consecutive phases: A, B and C. Dogger C will use 87 Haliade-X 14 MW turbines. The first three phases will provide electricity to up to six million homes in the UK (there are about 28.1 million households in the country). In the case of the implementation of the fourth phase, the capacity of the world’s largest offshore wind farm will reach almost 5 GW.
Earlier, the first offshore wind farm with a capacity of 480 MW was launched in France, which is capable of serving 700,000 users a year. An offshore wind farm produced electricity for the first time in early June 2022, and all 80 GE Haliade 150-6MW offshore wind turbines were installed in September.
France launches first 480 MW offshore wind farm capable of serving 700,000 users per year