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

The Haliade-X – whose blades are manufactured 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 power ? In full expansion, this sector of activity is now the theater of a veritable economic “war” between large international groups. If this is generally limited to calls for tenders and the signing of contracts in good and due form, it can sometimes deport itself to the legal field.

General Electric wants to counterattack

It’s the case for General Electric (GE). An American federal judge in Boston has, in fact, decided toprohibit the American firm 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 Massachusetts and 1.1 GW Ocean Wind 1 off 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 reshuffles 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 had previously attacked its Spanish rival for “patent infringement”, claims to be in its right and disputes “the idea that the patent has been violated”.

“We respectfully disagree with the injunction,” insists the international conglomerate, which should continue to make its case in court. “We are exploring all legal options to continue to support offshore wind growth in the United States, including an appeal of this decision.”

In the meantime, it’s a hard blow for the American company and its french websitesin particular to Cherbourg (Channel), where, through LM Wind Powerit manufactures 107 meter blades for the Haliade-X. With these markets suddenly “soaring”, will the Cotentinoise factory be impacted ? Will she have to reduce the pace waiting for new outlets?

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