GE Renewable Energy and Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions have announced that they have signed a strategic partnership agreement to localise critical phases of GE’s Haliade-X offshore wind turbine and support its commercialisation in Japan. This strategic agreement will help GE’s offshore wind technology to be more competitive in upcoming auctions in Japan. Financial terms and specific details of the agreement were not disclosed.
The two companies said that they will leverage their collective technology, manufacturing facilities and skills, construction, and O&M expertise as part of the agreement.
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 have critical sales and commercial responsibilities for the Japanese market.
John Lavelle, President and CEO, Offshore Wind at GE Renewable Energy, said: “GE and Toshiba have known each other for decades and have proven their successful collaboration through numerous partnerships. 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 ambition to be a world leader in renewable energy and offshore wind in particular.”