The first GE Renewable Energy offshore wind turbine nacelle to be tested in the U.K. has been delivered to Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult‘s 15-MW drive train test facility in Blyth, Northumberland.
The Haliade 150-6MW nacelle reportedly will undergo advanced test and demonstration programs that accurately replicate real-world operational conditions to further enhance performance and reliability.
The nacelle was shipped from GE Renewable Energy’s factory in Saint-Nazaire, France, onboard the vessel Happy Sky. Following the approximate 12-month test program on the Haliade 150-6MW, GE’s next-generation Haliade-X 12 MW nacelle will be also delivered to Blyth for accelerated indoor testing and validation. A full prototype unit will be installed at a yet-to-be-determined site in 2019.
“We decided to take our Haliade 150-6MW to ORE Catapult’s site to be tested under rough and extreme conditions in a short period of time that will allow us to collect data to be used on our recently announced Haliade-X 12 MW offshore wind turbine,” said John Lavelle, vice president and CEO of GE’s Offshore Wind business. “We will utilize the data and learnings to enhance availability and power output, while introducing new features to meet customers’ demands.”
Commenting on the arrival of the Haliade-150, ORE Catapult Test and Validation Director Tony Quinn said, “GE’s Haliade programs will be the first to use the Catapult’s 15-MW drive train test facility, and the investment in this technology is paramount to bringing such world-leading research and development programs to the U.K., supporting a strong local supply chain and innovation to service the offshore wind industry’s ambitious growth plans.”
The arrival of the Haliade 150-6MW nacelle marks the beginning of GE’s offshore wind research and development activities in the U.K., made in close collaboration with ORE Catapult.
GE’s Haliade 150-6MW offshore wind turbine is capable of generating sufficient electricity to power 5,000 homes, and since December 2016, it is successfully powering America’s first offshore wind farm in Block Island, Rhode Island, the company states. In addition, 66 units are currently being installed at Merkur’s offshore wind farm in Germany.