The world’s largest wind turbine is coming to the UK. Engineering giant GE Renewable Energy and the UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult today announced they have signed a five-year research and development agreement that will see the planned Haliade-X 12 MW offshore wind turbine undergo testing at ORE Catapult’s 15MW power train test facility in Blyth, Northumberland. The agreement, which also covers the existing Haliade 150-6MW turbine, will see GE undertake advanced test and demonstration programs that are designed to accurately replicate real-world operational conditions. The announcement from GE and ORE Catapult came on the same day as another major milestone for the UK’s burgeoning offshore wind sector. Leading developer Ørsted announced the final turbines at the world’s largest offshore wind farm, the Walney Extension off the coast of Cumbria, have now been installed. All 87 turbines are now installed at the site, taking its total capacity to 659MW. The project is owned by Ørsted with a 50 per cent stake and two leading Danish pension funds PFA and PKA, which each hold a 25 per cent stake. It is set to become the world’s largest offshore wind farm when it comes fully online in the second half of this year.
Business Green 24th April 2018 read more »
General Electric has decided to test the world’s largest offshore wind turbines at a test facility in England in a major vote of confidence for the UK’s burgeoning wind power industry. The renewables arm of the American conglomerate will take its mammoth 12MW wind turbines for a spin at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult centre in Northumberland as part of a five year research and development deal beginning later this year. The world’s largest turbines currently in operation were installed off the coast of Aberdeen earlier this month, at less than 9MW in capacity each. GE Renewable Energy believes its 350 foot new turbines could also be more efficient than the current generation of offshore wind farms by generating more power from lower wind speeds with a 720 foot diameter spin. The company will be able to test its theories at the catapult centre in Blyth which can replicate real-world conditions for turbines up to 15MW in capacity.
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Danish wind farm developer Ørsted said today that the last of 87 turbines had been installed at the Walney Extension wind farm in the Irish Sea. The wind development, which is a shared-ownership project between Ørsted (50%) and two Danish pension funds at 25% each, has been installed in two phases using turbines from MHI Vestas and Siemens Gamesa.
Energy Voice 24th April 2018 read more »