Block Island hits full strength
GE completes repairs, restarts turbine damaged by drill bit in generator
GE has completed repairs at Deepwater Wind’s five-turbine 30MW Block Island wind project offshore Rhode Island.
The work on turbine number two wrapped up last week, ahead of schedule, said Deepwater CEO Jeffrey Grybowski.
“Testing confirmed that the repair was successful and the turbine is now running normally,” he said.
Technicians replaced 26 magnets in the nacelle of a Haliade 150 6MW turbine. The magnets were scratched by a drill bit that was left in the air gap of the generator during manufacturing in France.
The first offshore wind farm in the US started commercial operation in December with only four turbines operating. It is now running at full capacity.
“The Block Island wind farm continues to perform well,” said Grybowski.
Image: 30MW Block Island wind farm is running at full capacity (Deepwater Wind)