Rotterdam to receive world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine

GE Renewable Energy and Future Wind (GE), a joint venture between Pondera Development and SIF Holding Nederland, plans to bring the world’s largest and most powerful offshore wind turbine to the Netherlands.

To be installed at SIF’s building site on the Rotterdam coast, the project has agreed to a 5-year testing period and a 15-year full service and maintenance team. Modeled to be installed at sea, the Haliade-X 12 MW is expected to “generate 45% more energy than the current most powerful windmill”. In terms of size, the Haliade-X 12 MW will have 107m vanes and be 260m high. It should generate power for some 16,000 homes with its 12-megawatt capacity.

The project is part of a wider, multi-year goal where, by 2030, GE & TNO want to have the capacity to install at least 11.5 GW at sea, believing models like the Haliade-X will aid in this goal greatly.

Featured Image: U.S. Dept of Energy [Flickr]

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