Alstom to supply turbines for Deepwater Wind project off Rhode Island

Alstom announced Feb. 10 a contract to supply five Haliade 150-6 MW offshore wind turbines for Deepwater Wind‘s 30-MW Block Island pilot wind farm located off the coast of Rhode Island.

The project will be one of the first offshore wind farms in the U.S. and will be the first to feature Alstom’s Haliade 150-6 MW – the largest turbine installed in offshore waters today. The five turbines will produce approximately 125,000 MWh of electricity a year.

The company will manufacture the wind turbines and provide 15 years of operation and maintenance support for the Block Island Wind Farm owned and operated by Deepwater Wind, a leading developer of offshore wind in the United States. The Block Island project could lead to a larger utility-scale offshore wind farm of more than 1 GW supported by a regional transmission system linking Long Island, New York and South-eastern New England, said Alstom. The project is aligned with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s “Smart from the Start” offshore wind program, which aims to accelerate the development of clean, renewable offshore wind along the eastern seaboard of the U.S.

“Our contract with Deepwater Wind further demonstrates our commitment to the expanding U.S. wind market,” said Andy Geissbuelher, Head of Alstom’s North American Wind Business. “Drawing on the experience and knowledge gained from our collaboration with Dominion Virginia Power, we are driving the technology innovation needed to make offshore generation a strategic part of the energy mix.” 

In 2012, Alstom was part of Dominion Virginia Power’s, Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advancement Project, which was selected as one of the seven U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) advanced technology demonstration projects. Dominion Virginia Power is planning to submit a funding proposal to the DOE for the second phase of the project that will help validate the next generation of hurricane resilient offshore turbine, foundation designs and advanced controls technologies along with the new processes involved in installation and operation of such equipment.

In late 2013, Alstom successfully installed its 6 MW Haliade, which at the time was world’s largest offshore wind turbine, off the coast of Belgium. Alstom is part of a consortium led by EDF Energies Nouvelles that was awarded three projects in the first tender launched by the French government to install offshore wind turbines generating 3 GW of wind power off the coast of France. The successful bid included a total of 240 Haliade 150-6 MW turbines.

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.

Deepwater Wind is a Providence, Rhode Island-based offshore wind developer. The company is actively planning offshore wind projects to serve multiple East Coast markets located 15 to 25 miles offshore, including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. For its projects serving New Jersey, Deepwater Wind has formed Garden State Offshore Energy in partnership with PSEG Global, a wholly owned subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE: PEG). The Block Island Wind Farm, one of two Rhode Island offshore wind farms being developed by Deepwater Wind, is on target to become the nation’s first offshore wind farm, Alstom noted.

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