Alstom Haliade 150 offshore wind turbine – part of US DOE’s1 advanced
technology demonstration programme
LEVALLOIS-PERRET, France -- December 21, 2012
Regulatory News :
Alstom (Paris:ALO) is a member of a team led by Dominion Virginia Power, which
has been awarded a $4M USD grant by the US Department of Energy (DOE) to
complete the engineering, site evaluation and planning phase for an offshore
wind demonstration project in the state of Virginia. This award strengthens
Alstom’s position as a leading player on the worldwide wind market.
DOE’s advanced technology demonstration programme is intended to achieve large
cost reductions over existing offshore wind technologies and develop viable
and reliable options for the United States. Through this effort, America’s
first offshore wind projects could enter commercial operation by 2017.
The Dominion’s team’s proposal includes the installation of two Alstom Haliade
150 offshore wind turbines approximately 22 miles off the coast of Virginia
Beach. These units would be fully-integrated with the state’s onshore power
grid and feature innovative foundations.
The Haliade 150 offshore wind turbine is built on Alstom Pure Torque
technology, which significantly reduces stress on its power generating
components. This unique design combined with a permanent magnet direct drive
generator and a 150-meter rotor reduces the cost of offshore wind power by
increasing reliability and availability, improving drivetrain efficiency,
boosting energy yield, and reducing operations and maintenance (O&M) costs.
“Virginia has the potential to generate as much as 2,000 megawatts of
electricity using offshore wind, enough to power a half-million homes at peak
demand. The Dominion-led team is focused on applying the right mix of
technology and offshore engineering expertise to bring that energy to homes
and businesses at competitive rates ”, commented Andy Geissbuehler, head of
Alstom’s North American Wind business. “In supplying 240 offshore wind
turbines in France, Alstom is creating up to 5,000 jobs and establishing an
entirely new manufacturing base. This example illustrates how offshore wind in
the U.S. could catalyse new industries, stimulate the economy and create new
Alstom recently achieved a milestone in the development of the Haliade 150,
with the first machine completing onshore tests at full 6MW output in France.
A second unit will be installed offshore off Belgium coasts in the first half
The company has been actively supporting America’s exploration of offshore
wind. In 2011, Alstom was selected by DOE to lead a team in researching and
developing advanced control systems, integrated sensors that increase energy
production and advanced floating substructures – all seen as ways to drive
down the capital costs of offshore turbines. Partners in that effort include
the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology and Texas Tech University.
Seven teams have been awarded up to $4M USD each by DOE to advance their
proposed projects through initial engineering. Once this first phase is
complete, DOE will select three projects to receive up to $47M USD in
Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission
and rail infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and
environmentally friendly technologies. Alstom builds the fastest train and the
highest capacity automated metro in the world, provides turnkey integrated
power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy
sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind, and it offers a wide
range of solutions for power transmission, with a focus on smart grids. The
Group employs 92,000 people in around 100 countries. It had sales of €20
billion and booked close to €22 billion in orders in 2011/12.
^1 DOE: Department of Energy
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Stephanie Roux (Renewable Power Media Relations) - +33 1 41 49 78 62
Adam Pratt (U.S. Media Relations) – Tel +1 202 351 9322
Delphine Brault - Tel +33 1 41 49 26 42
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