One of the world’s longest ever wind turbine blades has been safely delivered to the North East for testing as part of a major Europe-wide development project of next generation wind energy technology.
The colossal 88-metre component arrived at the Port of Blyth this week and will now undergo testing as part of the EU funded DemoWind initiative.
Turbine manufacturer Adwen is working with Blyth-based ORE Catapult – the UK’s flagship technology innovation and research centre for advancing wind, wave and tidal energy based, to perform a schedule of representative testing on the blade fabricated for their new 8MW offshore wind turbine.
Having successfully received the blade and handled its delivery to the test facility, Port of Blyth Chief Executive Martin Lawlor, said: “We’re delighted to have played our part in delivering this huge blade successfully to ORE Catapult. It’s great to prove that the Port of Blyth can safely handle such large components, which will soon be considered standard size in the coming years”.
Once testing is completed, the blade is set to be used on a prototype turbine currently being installed at a test site in Germany.
(Photo: ORE Catapult)