Energy & Sustainability

October 4, 2019,   9:00 AM

GE To Power Up The World’s Most Powerful Turbines

Jamila Gandhi


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General Electric (GE) Renewable Energy has won another major deal for its Haliade-X offshore turbine.

On Tuesday, the company announced that it has been selected as the preferred supplier for Britain’s Dogger Bank offshore wind project being developed by SSE and Equinor.

The three Dogger Bank wind projects in the North Sea will use GE’s Haliade-X turbine, which is the world’s most powerful turbine and the most efficient of wind turbines in the ocean, with a capacity of 12 megawatts (MW). One of these turbines can power the equivalent of up to 16,000 European homes.

The final number of turbines to be installed at the large sandbank are yet to be confirmed, however, they are forecasted to be built in GE’s factories in Cherbourg and Saint Nazaire in France. Onshore construction is expected to commence in early 2020, and the first energy generation is expected in 2023. Currently, the most powerful turbine in commercial operation is Vestas’ 9.5 MW turbine.

The Dogger Bank projects will have a combined capacity of up to 3.6 GW, making it the largest offshore wind farm in the world. “Dogger Bank will now be home to the largest offshore wind turbines in the world and this pioneering low carbon technology, which will play a central role in helping the UK become carbon neutral by 2050,” Paul Cooley, director of capital projects at SSE Renewables, said in a statement.

Britain is already the world’s largest offshore wind market and plans to generate a third of its electricity from the technology by 2030 in a bid to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Between 2017 and 2021, investment in new offshore wind capacity is expected to total over $23.2 billion in the UK. Globally, the offshore wind sector is predicted to be worth over $36.8 billion.

GE Renewable Energy is a Paris-based division of General Electric. The news follows GE’s order for the same turbines two weeks ago with Orsted for two projects along the US east coast.

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