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Bakker Magnetics will be manufacturing and supplying the magnetic assemblies for General Electric’s Haliade-X wind turbine. The Haliade-X is the most powerful offshore wind turbine in the world to date, featuring a 12 MW capacity (the world’s first) and a height of 260 meters. Bakker Magnetics, located in Son, the Netherlands, is the producer of custom made magnetic assemblies like powerful permanent magnets on rotors and carriers. It has a large assembly facility in China. The first prototype of the Haliade-X is currently erected at the Maasvlakte in Rotterdam.

The Haliade-X’s vast rotor will harness wind from a 38,000 square metre swept-area to turn a hulking, digitally-controlled direct-drive and permanent-magnet-generator transmission system with magnet assemblies produced by Bakker Magnetics. Over the past few months, the turbine components have arrived from factories across Western Europe at the project site, located on the quayside of what is the continent’s biggest port.

The Haliade-X 12 MW’s market-leading nacelle and 107-m long blades enable the generation of more power more effectively. The turbine can generate 67 GWh in gross annual energy, providing enough clean energy to power 16,000 European households and save up to 42 million metric tons of CO2, which is the equivalent of the emissions generated by 9,000 vehicles in one year alone.

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