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Blade Dynamics has announced that the design phase of their 'Very Long Blade Project' for the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has successfully concluded and that the prototyping phase will now begin.
Blade Dynamics will now assemble an approximately 80-metre long blade prototype, and will begin static and fatigue tests before the end of 2014. Siemens Wind Power has confirmed its continued support to the development of this rotor technology. This ETI commissioned and funded project is the first application of Blade Dynamics’ technology for large offshore blades, with a rotor designed specifically for the Siemens SWT-6.0 turbine. After this next phase of further prototype testing, Siemens will consider demonstration of a full rotor on a 6.0MW turbine. The GBP 15.5 million project was launched in January 2013.