GE unveils the first Haliade-X 12 MW nacelle

GE Renewable Energy has unveiled the nacelle of the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine, the Haliade-X 12 MW. This unit will be shipped in the coming weeks from Saint-Nazaire (FR) to Rotterdam (NL) to join the tower already built on the Maasvlakte 2.
The wind turbine blades, manufactured by LM Wind Power in Cherbourg, will be shipped to the prototype site to complete the installation.

The video below shows the Haliade-X nacelle rolling out of the factory:

Key figures for the Haliade-X 12 MW

Capacity: 12 MW
Rotor diameter: 220 m
Tip height: 245 m
Blade length: 107 m
Annual energy yield: 46.3 GWh
Wind turbine swept area: 38,000 m2
(These numbers are based on the SDE wind report)

General information

Pondera Development and SIF Holding, together with GE Renewable Energy, are developing the Haliade-X on the Maasvlakte 2 in Rotterdam. The development of the innovative Haliade-X project in Rotterdam has been made possible thanks to Pondera’s extensive knowledge and many years of experience in Dutch wind energy legislation and regulatory policy. The increase in size and scale of (offshore) wind turbines is an important step in generating more sustainable energy, accelerating the energy transition and thereby limiting the effects of climate change.

The offshore wind turbine prototype will be installed onshore in order to ease access for testing and monitoring purposes. This will also allow GE to collect the data needed to obtain the Type Certificate, a key step in commercializing the Haliade-X.

The Haliade-X can generate 46.3 GWh of electricity annually. That is enough power for 15,900 European households and thus saves 28.1 kilotons of CO2. In the fall of 2019, the Haliade-X will generate renewable energy on the SIF site on the Maasvlakte.

Eneco signs largest PPA with Dutch wind farm

On Wednesday, 17 July, Eneco signed a Power Purchase Contract (PPA) with Windpark Fryslân bv. During 15 years, Eneco will purchase the electricity produced by the 382,7 MW nearshore Fryslân Wind Farm. With an annual production of 1,500 GWh, it is the largest PPA that the Dutch energy company has signed with a wind farm in the Netherlands.

The contract was negotiated by Ventolines, allround service provider in the renewable energy market. Companies and organisations located in the Province of Fryslân will have the chance to purchase local electricity. With the new PPA included, Eneco’s wind energy portfolio grows to 2,200 MW of installed capacity, the equivalent of the energy consumption of around 2,4 million households.

Fryslân Wind Farm

Fryslân Wind Farm is being built along the Afsluitdijk in the IJsselmeer, approximately 6 km off the Frysian coast in the north of the Netherlands. The wind farm is built by Zuiderzeewind, a consortium of Siemens Gamesa and Van Oord. Van Oord is responsible for the design, manufacturing and installation of the foundations and the cables and for the delivery of the material for the installation of the turbines. Siemens Gamesa is responsible for the design, manufacturing and commissioning of the wind turbines and the onshore substation.

At the moment, cable connection preparatory activities are taking place at the Afsluitdijk. In total, 89 Siemens Gamesa SWT- 4,3- DD -130 wind turbines, with each a power of 4.3 MW will rise in the IJsselmeer lake. The annual production of 1,500 GWh can be compared to the annual electricity consumption of around 500,000 households. Local citizens will profit from the wind farm. An annual fund of around 720,000 euro will be made available for local projects in the municipality of Súdwest Fryslân.

Pondera initiated the project in 2008 together with Ventolines. Until now Pondera was responsible for all development work, including feasibility studies, design, extensive nature research, permits, EIA, stakeholder management in close collaboration with Ventolines.

250 people line up for the 107 meter Haliade-X blade

250 people line up in front of the 107 meter blade for the Haliade-X wind turbine. This blade is manufactured by LM Wind Power in Cherbourg, France. The Haliade-X 12 MW prototype is the largest wind turbine in the world, which will be built by Pondera Development and GE.

Haliade-X 12 MW is a multi-million investment that will help reduce offshore wind’s cost of energy in order to make it a more competitive source of clean and renewable energy.

Update Haliade-X prototype in Rotterdam

Update: we have installed Tower segments 0, 1, and 2 of the Haliade-X prototype in Rotterdam. T3 will be installed once the nacelle has arrived during the summer.

The four tower sections that will be part of Haliade-X 12 MW prototype to be installed this summer have just arrived at the Port of Rotterdam, where Pondera Development and GE are building the largest wind turbine in the world.
Haliade-X 12 MW is a multi-million investment that will help that will help reduce offshore wind’s cost of energy in order to make it a more competitive source of clean and renewable energy.

Indonesian members of parliament visit Holland

On June 27th 2019, a delegation of the Indonesian members of parliament lead by Dr. Agus Hermanto (Deputy Speaker of The House of Representatives), visited the Noordoostpolder Wind Farm in the Dutch province of Flevoland. The aim of the delegation’s two-day visit was to acquire knowledge on Dutch policy and incentives concerning wind energy.

Indonesia’s Embassy in The Hague asked Pondera Consult to organize the field visit and to discuss wind energy developments. Pondera Consult was further approached due to their close involvement in the development of the Noordoostpolder Wind Farm, one of the largest onshore wind energy projects in the Netherlands.

During the visit, Pondera’s Eric Arends, Ester Bierens and Brent Elemans warmly welcomed the delegation to the 11 BEAUFORT Visitor Centre, where an interactive presentation was given by Eric Arends on the development of the Noordoostpolder Wind Farm. Some of the key points discussed with the Indonesian delegation were the Dutch energy policy, stimulation of energy initiatives through subsidies, local participation and ecological conservation. Also the potential of wind energy in Indonesia and the involvement of Pondera in current Indonesian projects were mentioned. The visit was rounded off with a site tour by the delegation to get first-hand experience of the size and number of wind turbines of the Noordoostpolder Wind Farm.

Haliade-X tower sections arrived at Rotterdam

Haliade-X tower sections arrived at Rotterdam! The four tower sections that will be part of Haliade-X 12 MW prototype to be installed this summer have just arrived at the Port of Rotterdam, where Pondera Development and GE are building the largest wind turbine in the world.

After unloading the tower segments, a series of pre-assembly works will take place, including the installation of some tower segments. Haliade-X 12 MW nacelle and blade components, currently being manufactured in Saint-Nazaire and Cherbourg (France) respectively, will arrive later in the summer to complete the prototype installation. This demo unit will be installed onshore to provide easier access for testing. During the initial period of operations, it will allow GE Renewable Energy to collect data needed to obtain a Type Certificate, a key step to go into serial production in 2021. Haliade-X 12 MW is a multi-million investment that will help reduce offshore wind’s cost of energy in order to make it a more competitive source of clean and renewable energy.

Haliade-X tower sections arrived at Rotterdam

The four tower sections that will be part of Haliade-X 12 MW prototype to be installed this summer have just arrived at the Port of Rotterdam, where Pondera Development and GE are building the largest wind turbine in the world.
After unloading the tower segments, a series of pre-assembly works will take place, including the installation of some tower segments. Haliade-X 12 MW nacelle and blade components, currently being manufactured in Saint-Nazaire and Cherbourg (France) respectively, will arrive later in the summer to complete the prototype installation. This demo unit will be installed onshore to provide easier access for testing. During the initial period of operations, it will allow GE Renewable Energy to collect data needed to obtain a Type Certificate, a key step to go into serial production in 2021. Haliade-X 12 MW is a multi-million investment that will help that will help reduce offshore wind’s cost of energy in order to make it a more competitive source of clean and renewable energy.