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UpWind Solutions Inc., an operations and maintenance (O&M) independent service provider for the wind industry, along with SMART BLADE, a German engineering research company, have partnered with 3M to deliver vortex generators (VGs) for wind turbine rotor blades.

According to the companies, a VG is a cost-effective upgrade to improve the cross flow on wind turbine blades. UpWind says it worked with SMART BLADE and 3M to develop procedures that resulted in a safe, efficient and repeatable installation process with an average one-day turnaround process per turbine.

The companies say the resulting VG solution has customized installation lines for each blade type, repeatable templates to increase speed and accuracy, 3M adhesive tape that is quick and easy to apply, and high safety standards utilizing rope access teams.



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