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XL Blade

Published 13 June 2018

Reducing the overall cost of offshore wind by designing, validating and deploying the world’s largest offshore wind turbine blade

XL Blade

 

The overarching objective of the XL Blade project is to reduce the overall cost of offshore wind by designing, validating and deploying the world’s largest offshore wind turbine blade. The project combines the technological leadership of three offshore wind industry leaders – Adwen, LM Wind Power and ORE Catapult – across three participating countries. At 88 metres long, the blade will achieve a significant reduction in the Levelised Cost of Energy (LCoE) by means of lighter construction and a more predictable operational expenditure (OPEX) through reliability-driven design. ORE Catapult will test the blade in our world-leading 100m facility, as well as continuing our work on the issue of blade leading edge erosion.



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