DNV-GL certification puts Alstom’s Haliade turbine on the starting blocks

30 Jan 2015

Alstom’s 6MW Haliade 150 has obtained its final certification from reference body DNV-GL. The turbine, one of the world’s biggest, represents an ambitious figurehead for Alstom‘s activity in the marine renewable energy sector; and many of its components will be manufactured in Saint-Nazaire.

Commercial operation: on the finishing straight. The Haliade 150-6MW, sited at Le Carnet since 2012 and the Belwind site off the coast of Belgium, has just got the green light from DNV-GL. The internationally-recognized certification body has granted its final certificate to Alstom for its turbine, recognizing its simplicity, strength, and efficiency.

“We are proud to have passed this significant milestone along the path to the commercialization of the design,”, said Yves Rannou, the Alstom senior vice-president responsible for the company’s wind turbines.

In France and for export

The 6MW Haliade 150 is one of the world’s largest offshore wind turbines. Its permanent magnet alternator turns in a direct drive design. The turbine will be manufactured and assembled at an Alstom factory in Saint-Nazaire whose foundation stone was laid last December.

The design has been selected by EDF EN to equip three wind farms off the coast of France, and five Haliade 150-6MW turbines have also been ordered for an American pilot farm at Block Island.