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ACT Blade | ORE Catapult


We’re working with Edinburgh-based SME ACT Blade to develop and test next-generation engineered textile wind turbine blades. After they responded to one of our Innovation Challenges, our Research & Innovation team worked with engineers from world-leading yachting design specialists SMAR Azure, resulting in the spin-off company focusing on the offshore wind sector.

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The Project

The aim is to study the feasibility of adapting their sail modelling technology into modular blades that are over 50% lighter than those in use today. Put simply, a lighter blade can achieve greater power production. If a blade is lighter, it can be made longer than the current 55m standard. In turn, the longer blade captures more wind. That increases energy production, which lowers the levelised cost of energy (LCoE).

Made up of an internal composite structure and high-tech textiles, as opposed to the prevailing fibreglass, ACT Blade’s disruptive design has the potential to reduce the LCoE by 8.7% while increasing energy production by 9.7%.

The development of modular blades also has implications for developing countries, where poorer infrastructure means full-length blades are all but impossible to transport. And there are environmental advantages, too: while glass fibre blades are landfilled at the end of their working life, ACT Blades will use recycled carbon fibre.

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ACT Blade’s disruptive design has the potential to reduce the LCOE by 8.7% while increasing energy production by 9.7%.

After helping the company to secure several rounds of investment, we’re developing a new test rig at our wind turbine blade test facility in Blyth, which will validate and demonstrate a section of the blade. We’re proud to be playing a major role in helping this fledgling Scottish company to develop and confident that when brought to market, ACT Blade’s technology can have a huge impact on the cost of offshore wind.

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ACT Blade's innovative approach is developing the world's first textile wind turbine blade.

Based in Edinburgh, ACT Blade's technology has the potential to create jobs, boost manufacturing, and impact positively on the UK's growing offshore wind supply chain.

The technology could lower offshore wind's LCoE by 8.7% while increasing energy generated by 9.3%.

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