April 22 (Renewables Now) - LM Wind Power has produced the first blade that will be fitted to the prototype of GE Renewable Energy's 12-MW Haliade-X offshore wind turbine, General Electric (NYSE:GE) said on Friday.
The 107-metre (351 ft) long blade was manufactured at LM Wind Power’s factory in Cherbourg, France. The General Electric (NYSE:GE) unit will be responsible for making the three blades for the prototype of what will be the world's most powerful offshore wind turbine, which is planned to enter commercial production in 2021. Haliade-X’s nacelle will be assembled at GE’s factory in Saint-Nazaire, France.
The first Haliade-X turbine will be installed later this year at the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, where it will be tested for five years. Results from the trials are needed to obtain a type certificate.
In April last year, GE unveiled a research and development (R&D) agreement to test the turbine at the facilities of the UK's Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult. The US group is investing a total of USD 400 million (EUR 356m) in the Haliade-X development.
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