The world’s largest wind turbine is to be trialled in the UK after GE Renewable Energy signed a five-year research and development deal with the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult. The agreement will see the company trial its proposed new 12MW Haliade-X turbine at ORE’s 15MW power train test centre in Blyth, as well as its existing 6MW Haliade 150 model. GE unveiled plans at the beginning of March to invest more than $400m over the next three to five years in the development of the Haliade-X. The colossal turbine will have 107-metre-long rotor blades and stand 260 metres tall, taking the crown for the world’s largest from MHI Vesta’s V164 model, which has 80-metre-long blades and a tip height of 191 metres. Vattenfall recently installed an 8.8MW version of the V164 – currently the world’s most powerful – at its European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in Aberdeen Bay.
Edie 26th April 2018 read more »
Most people ran for cover when Storm Emma hit the UK last month, bringing howling gales and blankets of snow. But the bad weather was a boon for Ørsted, the Danish renewable energy giant that runs nine of Britain’s offshore windfarms. On Thursday the company, known as Dong Energy until November, revealed a surge in earnings for the three months to March after higher wind speeds boosted profits from its farms by 51pc to 3.2bn Danish kroner (£370m). The company, which is listed in Copenhagen but produces around two thirds of its energy in the UK, increased its full-year profit forecasts after posting earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation of 5.5bn kroner in the period, up 68pc on the year before.
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