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Insensys, a provider of fiber optic load measurement systems for blades, and Garrad Hassan, a pitch control algorithm developer, have agreed to work together to develop an integrated package that allows turbine manufacturers to achieve reductions in rotor, shaft and tower loads. The collaboration is nonexclusive, and both organizations will continue to offer products and services independently.

"We see individual pitch control as a 'must have' for the next generation of larger turbines," says Tony Mercer, head of control system activities at Garrad Hassan. "By using the latest control techniques combined with reliable load measurements throughout the life of the wind turbine, we can improve its structural efficiency, cope with a wider range of adverse flow conditions and permit a larger, higher yield rotor for a given nacelle and support structure."

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