GE's prototype Haliade-X 12 MW to be installed in Rotterdam

GE Renewable Energy and Future Wind (a joint venture between Pondera Development and SIF Holding Netherlands) announced that the first Haliade-X 12 MW wind turbine prototype will be installed in Maasvlakte-Rotterdam (NL) in the summer of 2019. The deal comprises five years of testing and a 15-year maintenance and operation agreement. This prototype Haliade-X 12 MW is installed onshore to facilitate test access. During the initial operating period, GE Renewable Energy will be able to collect the data required to obtain a Type Certificate, a key step in marketing the product in 2021. 

We are proud that GE Renewable Energy and SIF are using our port as a testing location to develop the world's most powerful offshore wind turbine, "said Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam. "It confirms the reputation of the port and confirms our focus on being an attractive partner for the offshore wind industry as it drives the transition. 

Alderman Bonte, responsible for the Energy Transition in Rotterdam, said: "We need a massive increase in the number of wind farms at sea in our fight against climate change. We are pleased that GE has selected the Port of Rotterdam as the test location for the Haliade- X 12 MW, which is the largest wind turbine in the world and can therefore help us accelerate the clean energy transition."

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