wind turbine blade design News

  • Blades arrive for world’s largest offshore wind turbines

    The blades for the world’s largest offshore wind turbines have finally arrived in Belfast this past week. The giant blades were designed, tested and manufactured in the Isle of Wight especially for the V164-8.0 MW wind turbines made by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind. Each of the blades are and extraordinary 80m long and will be part of the Burbo Bank Extension project which has its pre-assembly ...

  • How a Wind Turbine Works

    This week we’re celebrating the launch of a new series on Energy.gov: How Energy Works. Join us today on Twitter at 2 p.m. ET for our How Energy Works live Q&A answering everything you want to know about wind turbines. Use #HowEnergyWorks to submit questions and follow the live discussion. From massive wind farms ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Energy Department Awards $1.8 Million to Develop Wind Turbine Blades to Access Better Wind Resources and Reduce Costs

    The Energy Department today announced the selection of two organizations to develop larger wind turbine blades that can take advantage of better wind resources and can lower costs. Technological innovations such as taller wind turbine towers and larger rotors can more efficiently capture the stronger and ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Longer Blades and New Materials are Dramatically Affecting the Global Wind Turbine Manufacturing Industry

    A recent report from Navigant Research examines the significant forces shaping the global wind power industry’s supply chain, including analyses of more than 500 component and materials suppliers. As the wind turbine manufacturing industry has evolved and matured, blades have become a strong area of strategic ...

  • `Anti-noise` silences wind turbines

    If wind energy converters are located anywhere near a residential area, they must never become too noisy even in high winds. Most such power units try to go easy on their neighbors' ears, but even the most careful design cannot prevent noise from arising at times: One source is the motion of the rotor blades, another is the cogwheels that produce vibrations in the gearbox. These are relayed to ...

  • Ahlstrom launches Ahlstrom AceBlade(TM) Carbon, a cost-effective solution for manufacturing wind turbine blades

    Ahlstrom, a global high performance fiber-based materials company, launches today Ahlstrom AceBladeTM Carbon, a new product for the wind energy market. AceBladeTMCarbon is a patent pending, unidirectional carbon fiber reinforcement with superior fatigue resistance and enhanced mechanical properties. The product addresses the market need for ...


    By Ahlstrom-Munksjö

  • Wind turbine design software can help wind industry reach 2.8 terawatts by 2050

    The recently merged DNV GL has signed a contract to supply the 500th commercial license of its Bladed wind turbine design software. Bladed is trusted by manufacturers and certification agencies around the world for the calculation of turbine design loads and performance. It has contributed to the successful development and operation of thousands of turbines. In the same month that Bladed reached ...


  • Wind Energy Update: Pushing the Design Envelope: the Emerging Reality of 10-20MW Offshore Wind Turbines

    Scott Macdonald reports according to the Offshore Wind Supply Chain Strategy Report 2011 the average size of offshore wind turbines is set to grow from its present 2 to 7MW capacity range to between 10 and 20MW in the next 10 to 15 years. Wind Energy Update writes... on the basis of a wide-ranging industry survey of offshore wind turbine manufacturer OEMs the new report finds that 40 per cent of ...


  • GE Developing Wind Blades That Could Be the “Fabric” of Our Clean Energy Future

    In a move that could put wind energy on equal economic footing with traditional fossil fuels, GE (NYSE: GE), Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech), and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), will begin work on a project that could fundamentally change the way wind blades are designed, manufactured and installed. With most of the cost of electricity for ...


    By General Electric

  • Bigger is better when it comes to wind turbines

    A new study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology explores the question of whether larger wind turbines have made wind energy more or less environmentally friendly. As larger turbines require more resources to ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • GLOBE 2008 tech - gus wind turbines

    GUS Power Canada, headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario is displaying a new and unconventional wind turbine on the GLOBE 2008 trade floor in the Ontario pavilion. The unique new design has caught the attention of many industry peers attending the conference. The vertical axis wind generator has substituted the traditional propeller blades for an aerodynamic carbon-fibre body. The ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Micro wind turbines and wildlife: integrating plaplanning with ecology

    The ecological impacts of micro wind turbines (up to 50 kW) are treated in a diverse way by different local authorities in the UK during the planning approval process, research suggests. The study calls for ecologists, policymakers, planners and industry representatives to improve the integration of ecological information within planning, and for greater guidance for local authorities on the ...

  • Making wind turbines builds career interest

    The wind turbine that Louis Solis and Jose Santistevan fashioned in about 20 minutes promptly registered a 5.1 on the voltage meter in their Denver West High School classroom, tops in the class. But Solis and Santistevan, both 17-year-old juniors, were determined they could do better. So, they bent and trimmed the balsa wood, flattened the angles on the blades, and tried again. They flipped on ...

  • Meet Brüel & Kjær at Wind Turbine Noise Event

    Visitors to the Institute of Acoustics’ (IOA) Wind Energy meeting will have a chance to see noise specialist, Brüel & Kjær’s latest environmental tools. During the meeting - held on Thursday 26th January at the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff - Bruel & Kjaer UK’s environmental specialists will be demonstrating the company’s kit for testing wind turbines, ...

  • GL Garrad Hassan expert authors new book - `Innovation in Wind Turbine Design`

    2. Sep. 2011 | Hamburg/Germany - Innovation should be judged on technical merit, not blind enthusiasm. Even in an industry at the leading edge of design and technology, critical evaluation based on sound processes is essential. GL Garrad Hassan expert Peter Jamieson has authored a new book: 'Innovation in Wind Turbine Design', based on his over 30 years of experience working on wind technology. ...


  • ETI unveils plans to design world’s largest open access indoor test facility for offshore wind turbines

    Plans to design the world’s largest open access offshore wind turbine drive train test rig have been announced by the UK’s Energy Technologies Institute (ETI). Two companies - Converteam and HORIBA Instruments - are delivering competing designs for an indoor test-rig capable of dynamically testing a complete wind turbine drive train and nacelle with input power up to 15MW. The rig, to be built in ...

  • Torque Wind Turbine Video Online - How does it work?

    Torque Wind Turbine presents a video where viewers can see the turbine rotating. It is a wind turbine that not only looks completely different than the wind turbines we are used to, it also works in a different way. It is a very dynamic and intelligent wind turbine that can work in nearly all circumstances from low wind speeds up to high storm wind speeds. It uses wind ...


    By Torque Wind Turbine

  • Technip awarded the substructure for first offshore floating wind turbine

    Technip has been awarded by StatoilHydro an engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract for the Hywind project substructure wind turbine which will be located offshore Karmøy, Norway, at a water depth of 200-220 meters. It will be the world's first full scale offshore floating wind turbine. This floating demonstration wind turbine will have a tower height of around 65 ...


    By Technip

  • Southwest Windpower Offers Lifetime Warranty for Small Wind Turbines - An Industry First

    Southwest Windpower, the world's largest designer and producer of personal wind turbines, announced today a new generation of its AIR wind generators with improved reliability and optimized performance. In a move unprecedented in the wind power industry, the company now offers limited lifetime warranty for its AIR 40 and AIR Breeze products and a five year warranty for the AIR 30. First released ...


  • Gamesa to install Asia`s tallest wind turbines in Thailand

    The company will deliver 33 turbines (67.5 MW) with 153-metre tall towers, the tallest installed by Gamesa to date The contract also encompasses operation and maintenance services for 10 years Gamesa has achieved a new milestone, having secured a contract for the installation of Asia's tallest wind turbines, specifically in Thailand. With towers stretching 153 metres high - 18 ...

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