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The innovative design of the 61.5-meter blade – the longest on the market today – has earned LM Glasfiber a spot among the five finalists for The Confederation of Danish Industry’s Product Prize 2007.
The blade, which pushes the envelope of modern composite engineering, was named as a finalist after a panel of judges reviewed 31 of the best new products in Denmark for this year.
The winner will be announced on September 27 at the organization’s Business Summit in Copenhagen with 1,000 Danish business executives in attendance.
“It is an honour to be named among the finalists and a privilege to know that DI recognizes all the efforts LM Glasfiber puts into innovated design,” said Steen Broust Nielsen, Corporate Communication Director. “Beyond conception, the first series of blades have been produced and five sets of blades have been installed on turbines in Germany and Scotland. It is with great satisfaction that we know we are advancing renewable energy by taking large scale innovation into manufacturing.”
The 61.5 blade design features an impressive rotor diameter of 126 meters, and the three blades cover an area almost the size of two football fields. This is the largest, longest blade in operation, and its cost is optimized through light and stiff large blades. From this area the blades are capable of capturing energy from the wind corresponding to a nominal effect of 5 MW, or the annual power consumption of about 5,000 households.
The 61.5 blade will play an especially prominent role in the off-shore market and the growing trend of customers turning to larger, more energy efficient wind turbines. “The 61.5 blade is the key to unlock cost effective use of vast and vital offshore wind resources,” said Steen Broust Nielsen. The image shows the LM 61.5 rotor being fitted to the 5M wind turbine in Brunsbüttel, Germany.
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