GE Renewable Energy has boosted the power rating of its Haliade-X prototype in the Port of Rotterdam to 13MW.
The prototype will undergo a series of tests to deliver various measurements and obtain its type certificate in the coming months.
GE recently secured its first order for the upgraded 13MW version of its Haliade-X machine for SSE and Equinor’s 2400MW Dogger Bank A & B Dogger Bank A & B (2400MW) Offshoreoff Yorkshire, UK, Europe Click to see full details project off the north-east coast of England.
The uprated 13MW Haliade-X will continue to feature 107-metre long blades and a 220-metre rotor. The company has not explained how it has achieved this 1MW jump in capacity.
GE had applied to operate the Haliade-X prototype with a “rated power of 12-14MW”, according to documents filed as part of the permitting process to use the 14MW Rotterdam-Maasvlakte Rotterdam-Maasvlakte (14MW) OnshoreSouth Holland, Netherlands, Europe Click to see full details site.
The manufacturer claims the 13MW version of the Haliade-X will be able to generate 4% more annual energy production than the previous 12MW prototype.
GE is being sued by rival manufacturer Siemens Gamesa, which claims the Haliade-X infringes its patents for offshore direct-drive technology. IP expert Philip Totaro told Windpower Monthly the move is probably an attempt by the German-Spanish company to secure leverage against its rival in the event of licensing negotiations in the US.