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Blade Dynamics has announced that the design phase of their 'Very Long Blade Project' for the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has successfully concluded and that the prototyping phase will begin.
Blade Dynamics will now assemble an approximately 80-metre long blade prototype, and will begin static and fatigue tests before the end of 2014.Siemens Wind Power has confirmed its continued support to the development of this advanced rotor technology. This ETI commissioned and funded project is the first application of Blade Dynamics’ innovative technology for large offshore blades, with a rotor designed specifically for the Siemens SWT-6.0 turbine.Andrew Scott, Programme Manager for Offshore Wind at the ETI said: "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."The £15.5m project was launched in January 2013 and the Blade Dynamics technology will demonstrate blades that are both longer and lighter than those made from conventional glass fibre.More information: www.bladedynamics.com