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Power generated by GE’s Haliade-X 12 MW prototype in Rotterdam to be bought by Eneco utility company

Rotterdam – WEBWIRE
  • Purchase enables Eneco to provide renewable energy to its customers
  • Haliade-X sets a new world record for amount of energy produced in 24 hours
  • Extensive testing of prototype will enable Haliade-X to obtain Type Certificate by 2020
  • Haliade-X positions GE Renewable Energy to compete in fast-growing offshore wind market

Eneco, Future Wind (a Joint Venture between Pondera Development and SIF Holding Netherlands), and GE Renewable Energy today announced that Eneco will purchase all of the electricity generated by GE’s Haliade-X 12 MW prototype. The announcement was made during a ceremony to inaugurate the prototype that was recently installed at the port of Maasvlakte-Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

The prototype set a new world record this past weekend by being the first wind turbine ever to generate 262 MWh of clean energy in 24 hours, enough energy to power 30,000 households in the region. Over the next five-year period, the Haliade-X prototype will undergo a series of tests to validate the turbine’s power curve, loads, grid performance and reliability. The tests will also allow GE to validate operational procedures for installation and services teams and obtain a Type Certificate for the Haliade-X in 2020, keeping GE on track to commercialize the turbine by 2021.

Frans van de Noort, COO of Eneco said: “We are very proud of our cooperation with Future Wind and GE Renewable Energy, as it enables Eneco to purchase the green power produced by the Haliade-X prototype and to get hands on experience with this innovative and powerful new turbine that represents the future of offshore wind energy.”

Diederik de Bruin, Project Manager at Future Wind said: “we are glad to be able to collaborate with GE Renewable Energy and having the world’s first 12 MW wind turbine installed at our SiF site in Rotterdam. We believe this milestone is relevant not only for the global offshore wind industry, but also proves how Dutch companies (such as SiF and Pondera) are engaged with the development of renewable energy.”

John Lavelle, CEO of Offshore Wind at GE Renewable Energy, said “Along with the industry’s compelling value proposition, technology innovation is a key driver of the offshore wind market. Because it is the most powerful machine in the industry, the Haliade-X allows our customers to drive down the cost of wind energy and speed the adoption of clean, renewable energy. The testing that the prototype will undergo is one part of a multi-faceted testing process that will enable us to commercialize the Haliade-X by 2021, just in time for the strong growth uptick we are seeing in offshore wind worldwide.”

The Haliade-X technology has been selected already as the preferred wind turbine for 4,800 MW of power in several offshore windfarms: the 120 MW Skip Jack and 1,100 MW Ocean Wind projects in the US, and the 3,600 MW Dogger Bank project in the UK. Serial production of the Haliade-X 12 MW will start at the second half of 2021.

The Haliade-X program is part of a multi-million dollar investment that will contribute to reducing the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) by making offshore wind a more competitive source of renewable energy. One Haliade-X 12 MW turbine can generate up to 67 GWh* of gross annual energy production, providing enough clean energy to power 16,000* European households and save up to 42,000 metric tons of CO2, which is the equivalent of the emissions generated by 9,000 vehicles** in one year.

The global offshore wind market is projected to grow from just over 20 GW today to 190 GW by 2030 according the Global Wind Energy Council, and the International Energy Agency has projected that the total investment in offshore wind could top $1 trillion by 2040.

* Gross performance based on wind conditions on a typical German North Sea site.

** According to EPA Greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator


About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $15 billion business which combines one of the broadest portfolios in the renewable energy industry to provide end-to-end solutions for our customers demanding reliable and affordable green power. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro, storage, utility-scale solar, and grid solutions as well as hybrid renewables and digital services offerings, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts of clean renewable energy and equipped more than 90 percent of utilities worldwide with its grid solutions. With nearly 40,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy creates value for customers seeking to power the world with affordable, reliable and sustainable green electrons.

About Eneco
Eneco is a company with international operations in the area of sustainable energy and innovation. Together with our customers, partners and employees, we are working on the realisation of our mission: everyone’s sustainable energy. We invest in wind farms, biomass power plants, heating and solar parks in order to increase the supply of renewable energy. Furthermore, we develop innovative products and services that allow our clients take control over the manner in which they generate, store, use or share energy.

About Pondera
Pondera Consult is a well-known Dutch renewable energy consultant. Pondera is involved in the development of almost all current and future offshore windfarms in the Dutch North Sea. Besides offshore wind projects Pondera develops onshore wind, energy storage and solar projects for numerous clients. Pondera has been actively involved in a pipeline of more than 10 GW renewable energy projects, of which 1 GW is installed to date. In some cases, through a specific Pondera Development entity, we are involved in co-developing renewable energy projects.

About Sif Holding N.V.
Sif is a leading manufacturer of large steel tubulars, which are used as foundation components mainly for the offshore wind market. The Company manufactures customized tubular components for offshore foundations, predominantly in the greater North Sea region. Sif combines a highly automated and flexible production facility with technology leadership in rolling and welding of heavy steel plates, which is based on over 70 years of experience and innovative in-house developed techniques and processes. Sif primarily produces monopiles, transition pieces and piles that are used to anchor jacket foundations in the seabed for offshore wind turbines. It furthermore produces components for offshore steel structures as jacket legs, piles, pin piles, and pile sleeves.

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