May 16 (Renewables Now) - Swedish state-owned utility Vattenfall AB plans to use the 12-MW Haliade-X offshore wind turbines by GE Renewable Energy for projects in Europe, it said today.
The two companies will reveal final details of their cooperation this summer. Updates regarding specific projects in Vattenfall’s offshore wind pipeline can be expected in the autumn at the earliest.
The announcement today follows roughly a year of “intensive exchanges” and joint work on the customisation of the Haliade-X platform, Vattenfall said. The Swedish company has carried out in-depth technical due diligence and believes the turbine would allow it to further improve the competitiveness of offshore wind power generation.
A single Haliade-X machine can produce 67 GWh for a year, or as much as 16,000 homes in Europe consume. The 12-MW turbine has a rotor of 220 metres and it uses blades of 107 metres, the longest ever manufactured, Vattenfall pointed out.
Most of the development and production of the turbine will be taking place in France. GE will be assembling the nacelles for the turbine at its factory in Saint Nazaire, while the blades are made by LM Wind in Cherbourg. The latter company in April announced that it has produced the first such blade for a Haliade-X prototype that will be installed later this year at the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, where it will be tested for five years.
“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,” said Vattenfall wind chief Gunnar Groebler.