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LM Glasfiber has been awarded DKK 30 million by the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation for the development of a blade technology based on the use of completely novel types of fiber.
The research program has been named 'Blade King'. LM Glasfiber has stepped up its R&D activities by launching a research program worth DKK 60 million. Thanks to high levels of automation, the new blade technology will increase the efficiency of the processes of laying up the fiber material in the mould and finally moulding the actual wind turbine blade. The ultimate goal is to cut the total production time in half. For the development of the 'Blade King' technology, LM Glasfiber has partnered up with Aalborg University and Risoe DTU, which are to supply research and know-how on the new fiber types. The project also involves a third partner, the Danish company Comfil, based in Silkeborg, which will contribute know-how of thermoplastic composites. Over the next five years, the four companies and institutions will work together to develop the new technology and make it ready for production. The first blades manufactured with the new technology are expected to reach the market by 2015.
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