Offshore wind turbine provider Adwen and blade provider LM Wind Power have unveiled what they say is the longest wind turbine blade in the world.
Designed for offshore wind applications, the 88.4-meter (290 feet) component was developed for Adwen’s AD 8-180 wind turbine model, with 8 MW nominal capacity and 180-meter rotor diameter.
The first blade was manufactured at LM Wind’s factory in Denmark and will be sent to a testing facility for product validation.
“This blade is a strong proof point of the shared ambition of Adwen and LM Wind Power to bring forward best in class and proven rotor solutions for offshore application, increasing annual energy output through efficient and reliable technology,” LM Wind Power CEO Marc de Jong said in a June 21 statement.
The companies said that their engineering teams have been working together for months to design and integrate a blade that represents an important step forward in lowering the levelized cost of energy for wind power. With the largest rotor in the industry, the AD 8-180 has the highest annual energy production of all wind turbines, the companies said.
Adwen is a 50-50 joint venture of AREVA and Gamesa.
Lead image credit: LM Wind Power