Meanwhile at the Maasvlakte...
Sif on Pieter van Vollenhovenweg is working hard on the construction of the Haliade-X 12 MW wind turbine prototype. This giant structure, the world’s most powerful 12-megawatt-capacity wind turbine, is already taking shape. The turbine has already been connected to the power grid and tower sections 0, 1 and 2 are already in place.
‘T3’, the fourth and final tower sector, has now also arrived in Rotterdam from Sevilla. This will be added as soon as the nacelle has arrived. This was assembled in Saint-Nazaire and was presented to the outside world on 24 July. The nacelle is expected to arrive in Rotterdam in the second half of August. Three 107-metre-long rotor blades, manufactured in Cherbourg, will then follow. This would mean that the turbine could be operational by early September.
The project, a partnership between GE Renewable Energy, Pondera Development and Sif, will be some 248 metres high and will be able to supply 67 gigawatt hours in power. The plan is to keep Haliade-X 12 MW in Rotterdam for twenty years. The turbine will stay operational for fifteen years, following five years of tests. Although the turbine was developed for offshore wind farms, the tests will take place onshore in Rotterdam, where the structure can be accessed more easily.