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GE Offshore Haliade XGE Renewable Energy and the UK's Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult have signed a five-year research and development agreement to test and develop next generation offshore wind technologies. GE's recently announced Haliade-X 12MW offshore wind turbine and existing Haliade 150-6MW will undergo test and demonstration programs that replicate real-world operational conditions to enhance performance and reliability.
 
Testing will take place at ORE Catapult's 15MW power train test facility in Blyth, Northumberland, UK. Research and development activities will include cooling technologies, converters, loading conditions across mechanical and electrical components, grid testing and design validation.

The agreement also includes a GBP 6 million combined investment with Innovate UK and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to install an emulation system at the Catapult's National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth. Supplied by GE Power, Grid Emulation, in conjunction with the Catapult's power train test facilities, will enable the partners, UK companies and researchers to better assess the interaction between the next generation of large scale wind turbines and the electrical distribution network.
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