Adwen and LM Wind Power have joined forces in order to create the longest wind turbine blade in the world.
The blade is 88.4m long and was specifically designed for Adwen’s AD 8-180 8MW wind turbine which will have a 180m rotor diameter.
The point of increasing blade length, is the ability to capture more wind, which increases overall output. The added length of this blade will allow the wind turbine to produce 1% more energy each year, which doesn’t seem like a lot until you think of the output of an 8MW wind turbine.
The circumference of this new wind turbine can be seen in comparison to the London eye and shows that it will be almost 33% larger:
Adwen General Manager, Luis Álvarez said:
“When you are building the largest wind turbine in the world, almost everything you do is an unprecedented challenge. We are going where no one else has ever gone before, pushing all the known frontiers in the industry. Having developed and integrated together with LM Wind Power the first unit of the longest blade ever and being able to start testing is a key step forward in the development of our AD 8-180 and proves that Adwen is at the forefront of the industry”
LM Wind Power’s CEO, Marc de Jong said:
“The LM 88.4 P blade is an extraordinary example of industrialized innovation at record breaking scale. It is based on innovation building blocks, rooted in 35 years of real life experience, in the design, technology and manufacturing of ultra-long, reliable blades. 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.”