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LM Wind Power Expanding Gaspe Wind Blade Plant (Ind. Report)
GE Renewable Energy, LM Wind Power
Date: 2021-07-23
GE Renewable Energy reports is partnering with the governments of Canada and Quebec for the expansion of its LM Wind Power wind turbine blade facility in Gaspe, Quebec, Canada.

The plant, which was previously expanded in 2017, has manufactured more than 10,000 blades, equivalent to approximately 6,000 MW. since it began production in 2005.

According to the Canadian Renewable Energy Association , Canada has more than 13,500 MW of installed wind capacity, enough to supply approximately three million homes. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Website PR, 21 July, 2021) Contact: GE Renewable Energy (Canada, Heather Chalmers, Pres., CEO, www.ge.com/renewableenergy/home; LM Wind Power, www.lmwindpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  LM Wind Power ,  Wind Blade,  


GE, TNO Researching Wind Blade Tip Improvements (Ind. Report)
GE Renewable Energy, LM Wind Power
Date: 2021-06-25
A consortium of GE Renewable Energy, LM Wind Power and TNO, are collaborating on the TIADE project to develop technologies and design methods for more efficient operation of next-generation wind turbine rotors, wind farms with large rotor wakes, and demonstrate them in the field.

Innovations developed in the TIADE project will be tested on the full-scale 130 m diameter turbine recently installed in Wieringermeer, Netherlands. The turbine is powered by two-piece blades which allows the outer 12 m of the blades to be replaced by several innovative tips such as spoilers, serrations, vortex generators, "turbulators" and blade tip improvements. These innovations, which will be validated using advanced measurement techniques, can be applied to newly manufactured wind turbines in the factory or retrofitted to existing offshore wind farms. With both options available, implementation of the technologies in offshore wind farms can be done from 2023. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Website PR, 23 June, 2021) Contact: TNO Wind Energy, Peter Eecen, R&D Manager www.tno.nl/en; LM Wind Power, www.lmwindpower.com; GE Renewable Energy, www.ge.com/renewableenergy/home

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  LM Wind Power ,  Wind Blade,  


GE, LafargeHolcim to Investigate Wind Blade Recycling (Ind. Report)
GE Renewable Energy, LafargeHolcim
Date: 2021-06-16
Wind turbine manufacturer General Electric (GE) Renewable Energy and the world's largest cement manufacturer LafargeHolcim, are reporting a memorandum of understanding (MOU) under which they will investigate new ways of recycling wind blades, including use as a construction material to build new wind farms.

Under the MoU, LafargeHolcim plans to explore how wind turbine blades can be turned into sustainable construction materials. This research builds on the company's work under its Geocycle brand, to recover energy from GE's decommissioned turbine blades after they have been removed from the turbine and shredded.

GE previously announced it would partner with LafargeHolcim and COBOD International to develop wind turbines that use 3D-printed concrete bases. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, PR, CNBC, 11 June, 2021) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Jerome Pecresse, CEO, www.ge.com/renewableenergy/home; LafargeHolcim Global Innovation Center, www.lafargeholcim.com; COBOD International, www.cobod.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  LafargeHolcim,  Wind Blade,  


Aker, Strathclyde to Collaborate on Wind Blade Recycling (Int'l.)
Aker Offshore Wind,
Date: 2021-04-26
Norway-based Aker Offshore Wind, Aker Horizons and the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland are reporting a memorandum of understanding to together develop recovery processes for used glass fibre wind turbine blades. Under the MoU, the parties will scale up and commercialise a University of Strathclyde developed process thermal recovery and post-treatment of glass fibres from used in wind turbine blades.

In February 2020 the Los Angeles Times reported "The thermoset glass-reinforced polymer composites used in wind turbine blades are extremely hard to breakdown and, since most blades last only 20 to 25 years, disposing of used wind blades in landfills could soon become an enormous landfill issue."

The University of Strathclyde notes a global increase of wind turbine blade waste from around 400,000 tpy in 2030 could grow to 2,000,000 million tons by 2050. (Source: Aker Offshore Wind, Strathclyde Univ., Splash 274, 26 Apr., 2021) Contact: Aker Offshore Wind, www.akeroffshorewind.com; University of Strathclyde, www.strath.ac.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aker Offshore Wind news,  Wind Blade news,  


GE Planning New UK Offshore Wind Blade Plant (Int'l. Report)
GE Renewable Energy, LM Wind Power
Date: 2021-03-17
In the UK, GE Renewable Energy is reporting it LM Wind Power unit plans to open and operate a new manufacturing plant in Teeside for the production of offshore wind turbine blades. Financing and construction details are reportedly in advanced stages of negotiation and the plant is expected to open and start production in 2023 .

LM Wind Power plans to set up and operate this plant which will be dedicated to the production of its 107-meter- long offshore wind turbine blades, a key component of GE's Haliade-X, the most powerful offshore wind turbine in operation today. (Source GE Renewable Energy, PR, Utilities, 14 Mar., 2021)Contact: GE Renewable Energy, www.ge.com/renewableenergy.com; LM Wind Power, www.lmwindpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LM Wind Power,  GE Renewable Energy,  Wind Balde,  Wind,  


GE Scores $6.7Mn for 3D Printed Wind Blades (Ind. Report)
General Electric, LM Wind
Date: 2021-02-05
General Electric is reportings its GE Research, GE Renewable Energy, and LM Wind Power units were recently selected by the US DOE to research the design and manufacture of 3-D printed wind turbine blades.

The GE units will partner with the Oakridge National Lab (ORNL) and the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) on the 25-month, $6.7 million project to develop and demonstrate an integrated additive manufacturing process for novel high-performance blade designs for large rotors.

The project will deliver a full-size blade tip ready to be structurally tested, as well as three blade tips that will be installed on a wind turbine. (Source: General Electric, PR, OE, 5 Feb., 2021) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, www.ge.com/renewableenergy.com; LM Wind Power, www.lmwindpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LM Wind,  Wind Blade,  GE Renewable Energy,  


Black Dog Biogas to Supply Vesta's Plant with Renewable Energy (Int'l. Report)
Black Dog Biogas, Vestas
Date: 2021-02-03
In the UK, Black Dog Biogas and its manager Earth Capital, the owner and operator of an anaerobic digestion plant near Newport on the Isle of Wight, reports it will supply renewable electricity to Vestas' neighboring wind blade manufacturing facility.

Black Dog Biogas generates electricity through anaerobic digestion and uses the biogas as a fuel in two combined-heat-and-power units to generate renewable heat and electricity. The Black Dog facility generates sufficient power to supply around 80 pct Vestas' needs, as well as around 1,200 homes on the Isle of Wight.

Earth Capital is invested in the project through its Nobel Sustainability Fund®, a multi-phase, multi-geography fund, which invests across the sustainable and impact private markets, accelerating companies for growth, expansion, and subsequent acquisition. (Source: Earth Capital, Black Dog Biogas, Website PR, 1 Feb., 2021)Contact: Black Dog Biogas, Earth Capital, www.earthcapital.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Black Dog Biogas ,  Vestas,  Biogas,  


SusWIND Aims for Sustainable Wind Blade Technology (Int'l.)
the National Composites Centre
Date: 2020-11-13
In the UK, the National Composites Centre (NCC), in partnership with the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and supported by The Crown Estate and RenewableUK, is reporting the launch of the SusWIND Initiative to explore sustainable processes, materials and technologies in the development of composite wind turbine blades.

The SusWIND initiative is planned for delivery in the following three stages:

  • Wave one will stimulate the supply chain for wind blade recycling and how it leverages the broader supply chain for composites recycling demand with other sectors. Work will include landscape mapping, exploitation routes for upscaling viable technologies and demonstrating the effective use of recycled materials in value-add products for other applications.

  • Wave two will demonstrate options to reduce the environmental footprint of wind blade manufacture through the use of more sustainable and lower impact material feedstock, and through minimising or recycling waste streams.

  • Wave three will develop guidelines to improve wind blade design to minimize waste and increase recycling. (Source: NCC, Website PR, 10 Nov., 2020) Contact: SusWIND, www.nccuk.com/sustainable-composites/activities/suswind; NCC, Richard Oldfield, CEO, www.nccuk.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind Turbine,  Wind Blade,  


  • UMass Prof. Funded for Wind Blade Damage R&D (Funding, R&D)
    UMass Lowell
    Date: 2020-05-06
    In the Bay State, University of Massachusetts Lowell Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Murat Inalpolat is reporting receipt of $1.4 million in grant funding from the U.S. DOE to develop technology to detect wind blade cracking and splitting damage using sound.

    For the project, Inalpolat will mount wireless microphones inside blades, wireless speakers inside the turbine's cavity and another microphone near the turbine to monitor sound and identify damage from changes in audio frequencies, according to a UMass Lowell news release.

    "There is no other technology in today's market that can monitor the condition and safety of turbine blades while they are operating. Our proposed system is low-cost, reliable, robust and it can be installed on both new and existing wind turbines," Inalpolat said in the news release. The turbines are being tested at the state Wind Technology Testing Center in Charlestown, according to the release.

    Inalpolat's project is also supported by the National Science Foundation, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and UMass Lowell's WindSTAR research center. (Source: UMass Lowel, The Sun, 3 May, 2020) Contact: UMass Lowell, Murat Inalpolat, Assist. Prof. Mechanical Engineering, Murat_Inalpolat@uml.edu, www.uml.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Wind Turbine Blade,  UMass Lowell,  


    COVID-19 Causes N.D. Wind Blade Plant Shutdown (Ind. Report)
    General Electric,LM Wind Power
    Date: 2020-04-20
    GE Renewable Energy is reporting the temporary shutdown of its LM Wind Power turbine blade manufacturing facility in Grand Forks, North Dakota after 110 individuals associated with the facility tested positive for the rampaging COVID-19 virus.

    The GE factory, which makes rotor blades for wind turbines, will be closed for at least two weeks, and the governor has issued a stay-at-home order for all 900 workers regardless of their test results. The workers will be paid during the shutdown during which the plant will be disinfected, according to a release. (Source: RE Renewable Energy, 17 April, 2020) Contact: LM Wind Power, www.lmwindpower.com; GE Renewable Energy, www.ge-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News General Electric,  Wind,  GE Renewable Energy,  LM Wind Power,  


    LM Wind Power's Little Rock Blade Plant Getting Axed (Ind. Report)
    LM Wind Power,GE Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-04-15
    GE Renewable Energy, parent company to LM Wind Power -- fka LM Glasfiber -- has announced LM Wind's blade manufacturing plant is Little Rock, Arkansas will cease production by the end of the month and be closed before the year end due to a decreasing demand for wind blades.

    The $150 million plant was opened in October 2008 and acquired by GE Renewables in April 2017. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, TB&P, 14 April, 2020) Contact: LM Wind Power, www.lmwindpower.com; GE Renewable Energy, www.ge.com/renewableenergy/contact-us, www.ge.com/renewableenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LM Wind Power,  GE Renewable Energy,  


    250.5-MW Triple H Wind Project Gets the Nod (Ind. Report)
    South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
    Date: 2019-07-19
    The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is reporting conditional approval of a construction permit for the 250.54 MW Triple H Wind project southwest of Highmore in Hyde County. The 92-turbine, 27,247.5-acre project must adhere to 41 conditions dealing with: wind blade shadow flicker; sound levels; post-construction land restoration; potential impacts to whooping cranes; ice throw and others. The PUC also required an escrow account specifically designated for the future decommissioning of the project.

    Triple H has inked PPAs with Walmart and a confidential institutional buyer. The $300 million project is expected to be complete in 2020. (Source: South Dakota PUC, WindPower, 18 July, 2019) Contact: South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, (605) 773-3201, www.puc.sd.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Triple H Wind,  Wind,  South Dakota Public Utilities Commission ,  


    Wind Blade Maintenance Specialist Opening RI Facility (Ind. Report)
    GEV Wind Power
    Date: 2019-06-26
    In Providence, the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation reports the awarding of $1.93 million in state Qualified Jobs Incentive Tax Credits to Hull, UK-based GEV Wind Power as an incentive to open its U.S. headquarters in North Kingstown, where the company expects to employ 125 individuals in wind blade maintenance services to the global wind power industry.

    In qualifying for the incentives, GEV will commit to operating in Rhode Island for 12 years. The tax credits are expected to generate $3.5 million in net revenues for the state over the 12-year period, and, once the new hires are in place, an increase of $13.67 million in the state's annual gdp. (Source: GEV Wind Power, Providence Journal, 24 June, 2019) Contact: GEV Wind Power Daniel Boon, GM U.S. Operations, +44 (0) 1482 300 640, www.gevwindpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEV Wind Power ,  Wind,  


    GE's LM Wind Power Claims World's Largest Wind Blade (Ind. Report)
    LM Wind Power
    Date: 2019-04-24
    The set to be used for GE's upcoming 12MW offshore wind turbine LM Wind Power, the turbine maker owned by global engineering giant GE, is reporting production of a 107-metre wind turbine blade at its Cherbourg, France, plant.

    The blade is the largest ever made for a wind turbine, and will be used in the next generation of massive GE Haliade-X 12 MW offshore wind turbines, according to a release. (Source: GE, LM Wind Power, Business Green, 23 April, 2019) Contact: LM Wind Power, Duncan Berry, CEO, Lukasz Cejrowski, LM 107.0 Project Director, +45 79 84 00 00, www.lmwindpower.com; GE Renewable Energy, Pete McCabe, www.ge-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LM Wind Power,  Wind Turbie,  Wind Blade,  


    Windpower Alliance Investigating Wind Blade Erosion (Ind. Report)
    Wind Blade
    Date: 2019-03-06
    An alliance of ten of the world's largest wund industry player -- DNV GL, Vestas, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, LM Wind Power, Orsted, Senvion, Mankeweicz, Akzonobel, Aerox-CEU, Polytech, Hempel and PPG -- are reporting their collaboration to form Comprehensive Methodology for Blade Rain Erosion Analysis on protecting turbine blades from weather damage. The project will investigate the damage caused to leading edge wind turbine blades from the high-speed impacts of raindrops, identify and develop protection systems and recommended practices for designing a protection system against rain erosion which will be published by July 2020.

    The initiative aims to identify and define relevant material properties for a protection system; Develop a methodology to handle and derive design loads from rain data; and develop both a model to conduct raindrop impact analysis and a design methodology for leading edge protection systems. (Source: DNV GL, PEI, 5 Mar., 2019)Contact: DNV GL, Liv Hovem, CEO, +47 6757 9900, www.dnvgl.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  DNV GL ,  Wind Blade,  


    MHI Vestas Isle of Wight Blade Plant Ups Production (Int'l)
    Vestas
    Date: 2018-10-15
    MHI Vestas reports it is increasing capacity at its wind turbine blade production facility at the West Medina Mills on the Isle of Wight. The first quarter of 2018 marked the first time in British history that wind power outstripped electricity production from nuclear power stations, according to coverage in the Independent. (Source: MHI Vestas, Independent, 15 Oct., 2018) Contact: MHI Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, www.mhivestasoffshore.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MHI Vestas,  Vestas,  Wind Blade,  


    GE Touts New Wind Turbine Inspection Tech (New Prod & Tech)
    GE Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-10-12
    GE Renewable Energy is reporting details of its high-speed wind turbine blade inspection system that uses thermal imaging technology and wide band acoustic spectral analysis to detect wind blade fatigue cracks, defective repairs, faults and other problems.

    The new ground-based system works on GE and non-GE turbines and requires about 15 minutes per blade to provide real time data analytics. To date, more than 1,500 turbines had been inspected with the technology. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, CNBC, 10 Oct., 2018) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Anne McEntee, CEO Digital Services, www.ge.com/renewableenergy/digital-solutions, www.ge-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Wind Blade,  


    Shanghai Electric Wind Power Installs First LM Wind Blades (Int'l)
    LM Wind
    Date: 2018-09-19
    LM Wind Power reports two sets of its wind blades have been installed on Shanghai Electric Wind Power 4.0MW-136 turbines at the first phase of the Shanghai Lingang offshore project in China.

    LM Wind Power . provided onsite support and service for the installation as part of a two-year agreement to deliver the blades during 2018 and 2019. (Source: LM Wind, Various Media, 18 Sept., 2018) Contact: LM Wind Power, Duncan Berry, CEO, +45 79 84 00 00, www.lmwindpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LM Wind,  Wind Turbine Blade,  


    Vestas' Russian Wind Blade Plant Construction Nears Completion (Int'l)
    Vestas,Rusnano
    Date: 2018-09-12
    The Russian Association of the Wind Industry is reporting Vestas' new RUB 1 billion ($14.3 million) wid turbine blade which is under construction in Ulyanovsk, southern Russia, is nearing completion and expects to begin manufacturing 300 blades per year early in 2019.

    Vestas presently produces nacelles for its 4MW platform at its factory in the neighbouring province of Nizhny Novgorod, and plans to set up a tower facility in Rostov, as part of its efforts to create a manufacturing hub in south-west Russia. Vestas partnered with Rusnano and the Consortium of Investors of Ulyanovsk Oblast to build the blade factory. (Source: Vestas, Russian Association of the Wind Industry, Vestas, WindPower Monthly 11 Sept., 2018)Contact: Russian Association of the Wind Industry, https://rawi.ru/en; Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com; Rusnano, en.rusnano.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rusnano,  Vestas,  Wind Turbine,  Wind Blade,  

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