GE Renewable Energy plans to build the world’s largest windmill in which it will invest $ 400 million, and signed a contract with Future Wind to install the first prototype wind farm called the Haliade-X. It will be located outside the city of Rotterdam, Holland, this summer, and a new windmill will be 260 feet high and will produce 12 MW of power, enough to light up more than 15,000 homes.
This windmill is a prototype of the series that the company hopes will begin to build around the world. Technically, the Haliade-X should be a wind turbine installed in the sea, however GE is building a land prototype for testing purposes. After construction, engineers will spend the next five years monitoring the prototype and adapting the design as needed.
Part of the reason why this turbine needs a lot of testing is that the propellers are so big. Each propeller is 107 meters long, which is longer than the football field, and can not be transported from GE’s factory in North America. Instead, the company had to build a brand new factory in France just for that purpose.
The construction of the wind farm will begin this year, and GE hopes to be able to secure the necessary certification in order to commercialize it by 2021. If everything goes well and well, these gigantic windmills will soon be across the North Sea, producing electricity for tens of thousands of homes.