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Alstom installing world's largest offshore wind turbine off the Belgian coast

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30th November 2013  To: 30th November 2013

Alstom has just completed the at sea installation of its new-generation offshore wind turbine, the 6-MW Haliade™ 150, off Ostend harbour at the Belwind site in Belgium. This is the largest offshore wind turbine ever installed in sea waters. Thanks to its 150-metre rotor (with blades stretching 73.50 meter), the turbine is more efficient since its yield is 15% better than existing offshore turbines, enabling it to supply power to the equivalent of about 5,000 households.

Following successful tests performed on the first Haliade 150 commissioned in March 2012 at Le Carnet site in France, which successfully obtained in May 2013 the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) power performance measurement (power curve[1]), this installation will help in confirming how the machine behaves within the offshore environment for which it was specifically designed and developed.

The 61-metre jacket has been set on top of pillars which have been sunk to a depth exceeding 60 meters. Then the 3 elements of the 78-metre tower were gradually assembled on the jacket. In all, the nacelle towers at a height of over 100 metres above sea level. The overall weight of the turbine and its structure totals 1,500 tonnes.

This new-generation wind turbine operates without a gearbox (using direct drive). Thanks to a permanent-magnet generator, there are less mechanical parts inside the device, making it more reliable and thus helping to reduce operating and maintenance costs. Lastly, the Haliade 150 features Alstom’s PURE TORQUE® design, which protects the generator by diverting unwanted mechanical stress towards the tower, there by optimizing performance.

Now that it has installed this wind turbine in sea waters, Alstom has reached an important milestone in the industrialization process of its 6-MW turbine. For its part, the Carnet wind turbine should be securing its final certification during the first half of 2014. The construction of the two factories in Saint-Nazaire (nacelles and generator) is well underway, and will end around summer 2014. The construction of the two Cherbourg factories (blades and towers) will follow.

Url: www.alstom.com/press-centre/2013/11/alstom-installing-worlds-largest-offshore-wind-turbine-/

 

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