GE acquires Blade Dynamics
Tue 19th April 2016
Industrial engineering giant GE has bought Science Park-based wind power company Blade Dynamics in order to take advantage of its modular blade technology for wind turbines. GE predicts that the innovative designs could prove a “transformational technology” for the future of the offshore wind sector. Earlier this year Blade Dynamics started a six-month testing programme of a prototype of its 78 metre D78 blade at the UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult research centre in Blythe. In addition to its base on the Science Park, Blade Dynamics has prototyping and laboratory facilities in Chandlers Ford and Cowes on the Isle of Wight and a facility in New Orleans.
A spokesman for GE said: “GE had been following the recent advancements in composite manufacturing with great interest, and now believes modular blades could potentially become a transformational technology for the industry. Modular blades offer scalable blade architecture, enabling lower cost manufacturing methods and a more cost-effective long-term solution for logistics challenges associated with transporting current blade technology which will lower the cost of energy.”