Offshore wind is set to play a major role in powering the UK towards net zero.
Over the next decade, as the number of wind farms increase exponentially, we will see a transformation in the design, manufacture and lifetime management of wind turbines as they evolve with innovation.
As part of this new industrial revolution, the blades of tomorrow are set to increase in size, with improved aerodynamic performance and durability. They will also need to adapt to work within operations that are digitalised and decarbonised. But how do we meet the demand for bigger, better performing, more resilient and sustainable blades over the next few years?
Research and development into future blades is making great strides and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult is leading the way in this. Last month we highlighted the challenges and opportunities within the industry during Wind Turbine Blades Week – when experts across the industry came together to discuss blade design, how they operate, their manufacture, recycling, and the wider digital market around blades, with examples such as robotic blade crawlers and drones used for inspection and repair.
Take a look at some of the discussions we had over the week with some of the best in the business.
For more information on next generation wind turbine blades, take a look at our interactive Wind Turbine Blades Playbook