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World's largest off-shore wind farm to welcome the first 14-MW turbine

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GE Renewables has announced a new 14-MW version of its Haliade-X wind turbine
GE Renewables has announced a new 14-MW version of its Haliade-X wind turbine
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GE Renewables has announced a new 14-MW version of its Haliade-X wind turbine
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GE Renewables has announced a new 14-MW version of its Haliade-X wind turbine

We’ve been tracking the progress of the world’s largest offshore wind turbine since GE Renewable Energy first revealed its plans for the enormous machine in 2018, and the Haliade-X keeps on going from strength to strength. The company has now revealed an even more powerful version, which will be planted at the world’s largest off-shore wind farm midway through the decade.

The Haliade-X was introduced a couple of years ago as a 12-MW turbine capable of producing 45 percent more energy than any other offshore wind turbine on the market. The Haliade-X stretches to an incredible 853 ft (260 meters) in height, with each of its three blades measuring 107 m (351 ft), making them the longest off-shore blades ever made.

This turbine in 12- and 13 MW forms provides the backbone for America’s first “commercial scale” off-shore wind energy project, and also the largest off-shore wind farm in the world, Dogger Bank, which is located around 130 km (80 miles) off the coast of England. Work commenced on this ambitious project, which is to be built in three phases, in January this year.

GE Renewable Energy has now announced that an upscaled 14-MW version of the turbine will follow, and will feature as part of phase C of the Dogger Bank project. The total number of these turbines to be installed at the facility will be finalized next year, and installation of Dogger Bank C is set to begin in 2025, and be completed in 2026. This will be the first time these 14-MW behemoths will be installed on any project anywhere in the world.

“Dogger Bank C will use a 14 MW version of the Haliade-X, the most powerful offshore wind turbine in operation today,” says John Lavelle, President & CEO, Offshore Wind at GE Renewable Energy. “In doing so, this unique project will both continue to build on the UK’s leadership in offshore wind and serve as a showcase for innovative technology that is helping to provide more clean, renewable energy.”

Once complete, Dogger Bank will have a capacity of 3.6 GW and be the largest wind farm in the world, providing the UK with five percent of its total energy needs.

Source: Dogger Bank

9 comments
WW in VA
Will the wind fam satisfy 5% of UK's electricity needs or energy needs? Article only mentions capacity, not expected annual power generation, so it's hard to discern.
Kpar
Well, the NIMBYs should be happy, if this monstrosity is eighty miles from land, they won't be able to see it.

That said, how long will this thing take to make a profit, if the subsidies don't count?
clay
Wind, Solar.... It comes down to three key elements:

Storage.
Storage.
Storage.
Douglas Bennett Rogers
What is interesting about this is that is is an application made possible by fiber composites.
ArdisLille
How do these giant turbines fare in heavy storms, and what about this one that dwarfs the giants?
paul314
During the last ice age, wasn't Dogger Bank an island? I wonder if the construction folks will find anything interesting when they emplace all those foundations.
JasonStanton
Only idiots or those looking to make money from the idiots would propose such monstrosities. Completely uneconomical. They will never recoup the cost. And if left alone the oil and gas companies will continue to discover more and more supplies.
Catweazle
14 MW, each and every mW of which will have to be matched by an equivalent mW of hot (for rapid access) spinning (for frequency control) backup, almost certainly derived from fossil fuels.

There are three vital concepts involved in power generation, inertia, base load and dispatchable, none of which can be supplied by wind or solar.
Mark Silverstone
Can you share information about the expected time that the Dogger Bank turbines will actually be turning and generating power in a year? Wind power naysayers will hasten to point out that these will only generate power when the wind is blowing.