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Wind Blades Research Hub

The Wind Blades Research Hub (WBRH) is a £2.3million, five-year research partnership between the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and the University of Bristol that aims to help unlock larger, more powerful wind turbines than ever before.

This Research Hub marks the first strategic investment from ORE Catapult to increase the depth of our partnerships with academia, ensuring that the offshore renewable energy sector has a gateway to world-leading research and innovation developments across the TRL scale.

Strategic Vision

The Wind Blade Research Hub’s objective is to support turbine blade research that will reduce the cost of wind energy through cost reductions in capital and operational expenditure and increased energy yield, or a combination of these. The WBRH is set up to focus on three key aspects of blade research to achieve this:

  1. Enabling 10MW-plus turbine platforms to come to fruition through advances in blade design and structural modelling, reducing blade loads and facilitating the transition to longer, larger blades without losses in operational performance.
  2. Improving the longevity and structural integrity of blades by developing the next generation of materials tailored to operational conditions, preventing degradation and maximising aerodynamic performance.
  3. Maximising operational performance through novel condition monitoring methods which identify blade damage and performance degradation.

Our People

The Wind Blade Research Hub’s projects will be undertaken by academics with rich backgrounds in applied and strategic research across a broad spectrum of specialities. Find out more about our personnel here.

Contact Our Team

Anna Southall

Academic Engagement Manager

Email Anna Southall

+44 (0) 1670 357670

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