TAKING THE LEAD
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.”