GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES

The UK’s ambitious offshore plan

The UK is the largest global player in offshore wind, with a current installed base of nearly 8 GW—enough electricity to power 7 million homes—and another 7 GW committed or under construction.

With a commitment from the UK government to increase the country’s offshore wind energy generation to at least 30GW by 2030, the UK is set to keep growing in offshore wind, and more than 30 additional wind farms and related projects are already in planning or development to help reach those ambitious goals.

The UK government’s long-term strategy to deliver at least one-third of the country’s electricity from offshore wind was developed as part of a Sector Deal between the offshore wind industry and the government to substantially increase the country’s affordable energy supply while reducing carbon emissions. In addition, the UK could become the first large economy to legislate “net zero” emissions target for 2050, according to the UK’s Committee on Climate Change report. GE’s newest offshore wind turbine, the Haliade-X 12MW, can contribute to that goal: One Haliade-X 12MW can reduce CO2 emissions by 42 million metric tons—or the equivalent of removing 9,000 passenger cars from the road annually*.

*EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator

GE AND THE UK

A close collaboration for 128 years

GE businesses have been operating in the UK for 128 years, supported by 16,000 employees—including 3,000 engineers—across more than 40 sites, and some 8,000 UK-based suppliers. In the UK, GE has 1,500 Renewables employees.

EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE

GE’s commitment to UK offshore wind

With offshore expertise and solutions that include the Haliade-X 12 MW—the most powerful offshore wind turbine in the world—and substations, grid connections and financing, GE is uniquely positioned to address the UK’s offshore wind energy needs, and is already active in many research, testing and supplier programs in the UK.

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16,500
Engineers

GE engineers around the world are influencing offshore wind technologies.

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1,500
staff in UK

Creating value for customers and seeking to power the world with affordable, reliable and sustainable energy.

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£15 million
currently invested in GE’s offshore wind R&D and testing technology.

Developing local partnerships and certifying SMEs as Haliade-X 12 MW suppliers.

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Offshore Substations

GE Renewable Energy has 11 AC and DC substations installed globally to connect offshore wind

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£320 million
Investment

GE Renewable Energy is investing £320 million to develop Haliade-X 12 MW, the most powerful offshore wind turbine in the world.

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1st
12 MW offshore unit: The Haliade-X

Installation of the prototype at the Port of Rotterdam in the summer of 2019.

INVESTING IN THE UK OFFSHORE INDUSTRY

Innovation for the future

Today GE Renewable Energy is investing nearly £15 million—mostly in the UK—through partnerships with local players in innovation, research & development to test offshore wind turbines nacelles and blades, developing local SMEs, and certifying potential local Haliade-X 12 MW suppliers for projects in the UK and around the world.

Through a partnership with Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, we are testing our Haliade-X 12 MW technology through advanced test and demonstration programs. We are also working on initiatives to reduce the operating costs of offshore wind, by minimizing the time people spend at sea (“Stay Ashore!”) focused on design reliability, remote operability and robotics for planned maintenance.

GE is also helping to fund research projects to improve the operation, reliability and performance of next generation offshore wind turbines through a collaboration with the University of Sheffield, the academic partner for Catapult’s Powertrain Research Hub.

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GE AND ORE

Collaborating to develop the latest offshore technology

In 2018, GE Renewable Energy and ORE Catapult signed an R&D agreement to advance offshore wind technologies in the UK.

We are looking for local suppliers!

GE has been actively assessing the UK’s offshore supply chain, infrastructure and skills to develop programs that will help us continue evolving our offshore products and help strengthen the country’s global offshore competitiveness.

As members of the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC), GE Renewable Energy actively supports the recently announced Offshore Wind Growth Partnership (OWPG) initiative, which aims to increase UK local content and support the growth of UK businesses looking to capitalize on the opportunities offered by the expansion of offshore wind around the world. GE will be developing local Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and qualifying them as potential suppliers for the Haliade-X 12 MW—the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine—providing training and apprenticeship programs to leverage local employee resources for local and global projects, and developing local suppliers to work on the industry’s largest turbines.

EVENTS

Come learn more about offshore wind

We invite you to visit us at the event below, where you will hear about the latest developments in offshore wind technology and services from the GE Renewable Energy team.

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Offshore Wind Europe @ Copenhagen (Booth C4 – A28)
Nov 26 - 28

INTRODUCING THE

Haliade-X 12 MW

The most powerful offshore wind turbine in the industry

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12 MW
Output
50%
Fewer turbines needed*
67 GWh
Annual energy production
63%
Capacity factor
More AEP than the most powerful machine today
 

*Compared to Haliade 150-6MW

12 MW
Output

 
50%
Fewer turbines needed

 
67 GWh
Annual energy production

 
63%
Capacity factor

 
More AEP than the most powerful machine today
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Learn more about the Haliade-X 12 MW offshore wind turbine

More power, with fewer turbines needed

The Haliade-X is the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine in the market. One Haliade-X 12 MW can generate 67 GWh every year.

More efficient and competitive

The Haliade-X 12 MW is also the industry’s most efficient offshore wind turbine, with a leading capacity factor of 63%. This will contribute to reduce offshore wind’s levelized cost of energy (LCOE).

Saving time and money

With fewer foundations and less cabling required for installation, the Haliade-X 12 MW also helps customers lower their capital expenditure (CAPEX) and reduces the time needed for installation.

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