Environment.  These wind turbines, whose blades are manufactured in Cherbourg, are banned in the United States

Environment. These wind turbines, whose blades are manufactured in Cherbourg, are banned in the United States

Environment.  These wind turbines, whose blades are manufactured in Cherbourg, are banned in the United States

The Haliade-X - whose blades are produced in Cherbourg (Manche) - can no longer be installed in the United States.
The Haliade-X – whose blades are produced in Cherbourg (Manche) – can no longer be installed in the United States. (© DR)

There is Dallas and its ruthless universe for oil. And for wind energy ? Booming, this business sector is now the the scene of a real economic “war” between large international groups. If this is generally limited to tenders and the conclusion of contracts in good and due form, he can sometimes deport himself to the judiciary.

General Electric wants to fight back

It is the case of General Electric (GE). An American federal judge in Boston has, in fact, decided to do soprohibit the US company from “manufacturing, using, offering for sale, importing or installing in the United States” the Haliade-X offshore wind turbine after a jury found, in June 2022that “GE’s wind turbine infringed a patent held by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy “.

Judge Young, however, exempted two offshore wind projects from the ruling: 804 MW Vineyard Wind 1 off the coast of Massachusetts and 1.1 GW Ocean Wind 1 off the coast of New Jersey. With one caveat, however: GE will have to pay “a royalty of $ 30,000 per megawatt for each of the 62 Haliade-X wind turbines installed on Vineyard Wind 1” to its competitor. A royalty rate for Ocean Wind 1 will be determined by the court in a new hearing.

The two actors obviously reacted to this decision, which clearly shuffles the cards on the American market. Siemens Gamesa is pleased to have been able to “protect (its) intellectual property and (its) innovations”. For its part, GE, which previously attacked its Spanish rival for “patent infringement”, claims it is in its right and disputes “the idea that the patent has been infringed”.

“We respectfully disagree with the injunction,” insists the international conglomerate, which should continue to pursue its case in court. “We are exploring all legal options to continue supporting US offshore wind growth, including an appeal against this decision.”

Meanwhile, it is a hard blow for the American company and his own French sitesin particular a Cherbourg (Channel), where, through LM Wind energyproduces 107 meter blades for Haliade-X. With these markets suddenly “surging”, it will be the Cotentinoise factory hit ? Will it have to? reduce the pace waiting for new stores?

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