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'Intelligent' blades to cut wind costs

Manufacturer LM Wind Power launches wireless sensor technology study

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Danish blade manufacturer LM Wind Power has launched a DKK65m research project to develop ‘intelligent’ blades based on wireless sensor technology.

The sensors will predict weather conditions and calculate when the blades can harvest the most energy from the wind while ensuring minimum loads on the turbine.

The initiative “aims to lower the cost of energy generated by wind power below grid parity”, the company said, allowing developers to install more powerful turbines with increasingly longer blades without incurring the additional cost of strengthening the turbine structure.

LM Wind Power vice president for business development Frank V Nielsen said: “The incentive to change to renewable energy sources is much greater if there’s an economic benefit in addition to large environmental benefits. We see that the wind turbine manufacturers are spending significant resources on improving the efficiency of wind turbines so we believe the market is ready to embrace new technological solutions.”

The project is backed by DKK33m from the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation and is being developed in partnership with PolyTech, kk-electronic and the University of Aalborg.

Image: wireless sensor technology could benefit the industry (LM Wind Power)

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