GE aims to create world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine by 2021
The American conglomerate, General Electric (GE), plans to create the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine.
The 12MW Haliade-X turbine would double the capacity of GE’s current largest turbine and have the power to produce 45% more energy than the world’s current most powerful offshore turbine.
GE plans to invest $400mn into the project over an expected span of three-five years.
The turbine has been designed to tower at 260-metres tall, with blades measuring at 107-metres long, which will make them the longest recorded blades.
Siemens Gamesa deployed a 7MW offshore turbine at the Walney Extension offshore farm, located in the UK.
The world’s largest wind farm, The Hornsea Project, will receive 8MW offshore turbines, whilst Vestas announced the development of its V164-9.5 MW turbine.
“The announcement of the Haliade-X is a clear indication of GE’s commitment to the global offshore wind market,” said Partner and Analyst with MAKE Consulting, Dan Shreve.
“GE’s commitment to the market had been called into question given its overall lack of engagement in the sector outside of France.”
“GE had fallen far behind its peers on new product development initiatives, with only a handful of Haliade 6-megawatt turbines in the water by the end of 2017.”
“GE made the right move in taking an aggressive approach to leapfrog the current market leaders.”
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.