The world’s longest offshore wind turbine blade has arrived in Blyth ahead of testing at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult’s facilities.
The 107 metre LM Wind Power blade will be put through its paces at ORE Catapult’s world-leading 100m blade-test facility over the coming months and is designed to operate from GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade-X 12 MW turbine, which is also the biggest to date.
The production of the LM 107.0 P blade represents a milestone for the entire wind industry, as the first wind turbine blade to surpass 100 metres in length.
Port of Blyth Chief Executive, Martin Lawlor, said: “Seeing this next generation wind turbine blade arriving in Blyth for testing at the ORE Catapult’s facilities is testament to the progress the Port and all its partners, including the ORE Catapult, have made in creating a world class environment for the offshore wind sector to take advantage of. It’s particularly fitting that this arrival comes just weeks after the decommissioning of the first offshore wind turbines in UK waters was completed off Blyth and just ahead of the launch of our very own wind turbine training facility.”
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