LM Wind Power unveils world's largest blade

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Wind turbine blade manufacturer LM Wind Power has announced the construction of the world’s longest wind turbine blade – the first blade to surpass 100 metres in length. The 107-metre blade will now proceed with post-molding finishing touches, before undergoing testing to assess its ability to withstand more than 20 years of operation offshore.

The 107-metre blade is set to capture the wind for GE’s Haliade-X 12 MW offshore wind turbine. Poised to be the most powerful offshore wind turbine in the world, a
demonstration turbine will be installed in Maasvlakte, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The initial period of operations will allow GE Renewable Energy to collect data needed to obtain a Type Certificate, a step in commercialising the product in 2021.

Lukasz Cejrowski, LM 107.0 P Project Director, LM Wind Power, said: “The LM 107.0 P is one of the biggest single-components ever built. This is an amazing achievement not only for LM Wind Power and GE Renewable Energy, but for the entire wind industry.”

Alexis Crama, LM Wind Power Vice President, Offshore, said: “This achievement was made possible by our team of highly passionate people developing technology and manufacturing processes, to revolution yet again the offshore wind industry with ever-larger and more reliable rotor blades – thus capturing more wind and ultimately delivering an even lower levelized cost of energy!”

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