in News Departments > Products & Technologies
print the content item

Blade Dynamics has announced that the design phase of its Very Long Blade Project for the U.K.-based Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), launched earlier this year, has successfully concluded and that the prototyping phase will now begin.

Blade Dynamics says it will now assemble an approximately 80-meter-long blade prototype and begin static and fatigue tests before the end of 2014. In addition, Siemens Wind Power has confirmed its continued support to the development of the rotor technology. This ETI-commissioned and -funded project is the first application of Blade Dynamics’ technology for large offshore blades, with a rotor designed specifically for the Siemens SWT-6.0 turbine.

"We are pleased to confirm our ongoing collaboration with the ETI and Blade Dynamics in this interesting project,” says Henrik Stiesdal, chief technology officer of Siemens Wind Power. “After this next phase of further prototype testing, we will consider demonstration of a full rotor on a 6 MW turbine.”

Andrew Scott, program manager for offshore wind at the ETI, adds, "The ETI’s vision is to support the development of next-generation blade technology because improved rotor performance is fundamental to achieving the goal of reducing the cost of offshore wind energy. We greatly appreciate the ongoing commitment of Siemens to this project with Blade Dynamics.”


Blade Dynamics says the 15.5 million British pound project will demonstrate blades that are both longer and lighter than those made from conventional glass fiber.




Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Recapping The Wind Industry's Third-Quarter Deals

Mercom Capital Group recaps investment and merger and acquisition activity during July, August and September.


Yearly Installed Capacity Figures Already Beat 2013 Numbers, More Wind On The Way: AWEA

While the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) lobbies Congress to extend the production tax credit, the association notes wind projects now under construction signal a vibrant 2015.


Yahoo Inks Contract To Buy Kansas Wind Power

The Internet company plans to log in to the Alexander wind project, which is being built by community developer OwnEnergy.


Could Initial Offshore Wind Projects Crash New England's REC Market?

Some are concerned that the first offshore wind projects could negatively impact pricing of renewable energy credits (RECs) in New England.


Catching Up With The DOE's Down-Select Offshore Winners

The three recipients of key U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding provide updates on their offshore wind demonstration projects.

Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015
Renewable NRG_id1934
Canwea_id1984