The impact on the international offshore wind industry of GE’s unveiling earlier this year of its 12MW Haliade-X can hardly be overstated. The sector’s grand ambitions have found form in the machines that been scaled up at top speed from 6MW to 9MW in recent years, but the newest addition to the global fleet is the first that promised to make the market-transforming economics of zero-subsidy European wind farms in the 2020s possible.

Yet the lower-profile story that has followed — the OEM’s technology-testing deal with the UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult — will be vital to its drive into offshore wind after years of being held back, first by an onshore-focused corporate strategy and then by a 6MW offshore model, the Haliade 150, that was swiftly out-scaled by rival machines from MHI Vestas and Siemens Gamesa.