Haliade X
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GE Renewable Energy and Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions Corporation have announced a strategic partnership agreement to localize parts of the manufacturing process of GE’s Haliade-X offshore wind turbine and to support its commercialisation in Japan.

As part of the strategic partnership, GE will provide the Haliade-X technology, provide parts and components for nacelle assembly, and support Toshiba in jointly developing a local supply chain, as well as completing assembly of the nacelles. Toshiba will assemble, warehouse, transport Haliade-X nacelles, provide preventative maintenance services, and support critical sales and commercial activities for the Japanese market.

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This agreement will place both GE and Toshiba in a sound strategic position to capitalise on Japan’s plan to award 10GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030 with tenders of 1GW per year. The plan calls for installing 30 to 45GW of offshore wind turbines, including floating offshore wind turbines by 2040 as part of efforts to develop a competitive domestic supply chain. The companies will leverage the skills and experience to participate competitively in Japan’s upcoming auctions.

John Lavelle, President & CEO, Offshore Wind at GE Renewable Energy, said: “Toshiba is the strategic partner to help us bring the benefits of offshore wind to Japan. Their local manufacturing capabilities, experience in the energy sector, and outstanding reputation in the market make them an invaluable strategic partner. Together, we are well-positioned to support Japan’s ambitions to be a leader in renewable energy and offshore wind in particular.”

In terms of contributing to the partnerships, Toshiba brings local manufacturing capabilities, a highly skilled workforce, strong energy domain expertise in wind power, and in-depth knowledge of the Japanese offshore market. GE will contribute powerful offshore wind turbines, engineering and project management experience needed to support complex offshore wind projects, and extensive experience in Japan.

Mamoru Hatazawa, President & CEO of Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions Corporation, said: “Through this strategic alliance, Toshiba will actively participate in offshore wind projects by supplying reliable products and contribute to the spread of renewable energy in Japan.”