Plans have been un­veiled for the world’s largest and most pow­er­ful off­shore wind tur­bine.

The Hali­ade-X 12 MW, cur­rently be­ing de­vel­oped by GE Re­new­able En­ergy, will pro­duce 45 per cent more en­ergy than any other ri­val prod­uct thanks to its size and ad­vanced dig­i­tal ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

It tow­ers 260 me­tres over the sea and is more than five times the size of the Arc de Tri­om­phe, and fea­tures 107-me­tre blades – each one longer than the size of a foot­ball field.

It is es­ti­mated that one Hali­ade-X 12 MW tur­bine will gen­er­ate enough clean power for up to 16,000 house­holds, and up to one mil­lion Euro­pean house­holds can be pro­vided for by a 750 MW wind­farm con­fig­u­ra­tion.

Jérôme Pécresse, Pres­i­dent and CEO of GE Re­new­able En­ergy, said: “The re­new­ables in­dus­try took more than 20 years to in­stall the first 17 GW of off­shore wind. To­day, the in­dus­try fore­casts that it will in­stall more than 90 GW over the next 12 years.

“This is be­ing driven by lower elec­tric­ity costs [thanks to] scale and tech­nol­ogy. The Hali­ade-X shows GE’s com­mit­ment to the off­shore wind seg­ment and will set a new bench­mark for cost of elec­tric­ity, thus driv­ing more off­shore growth.”

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