An optimistic WINDPOWER 2016

    Spirits were high and the atmosphere positive when the US wind industry got together last week at the annual WINDPOWER conference and exhibition. New Orleans hosted the event which was attended by an impressive 7,200 participants, including of course LM Wind Power.

    The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) annual WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition brings together thousands of wind power developers, manufacturers, workers, executives, and other stakeholders interested in the US wind market. This year, the event was hosted in New Orleans in the State of Louisiana which is not exactly known as a wind hub and has no wind power installed.  The state has, however, delivered the five jacket foundations for the Block Island project – the first offshore wind farm in the US which is currently under construction and which will soon be equipped with LM Wind Power 73.5 meter blades!

    “Block Island was one of the top themes of the WINDPOWER 2016 show. It’s an important signal of an offshore industry starting to get on its feet,” said Commercial Director Americas, Dorte Kamper. “The fact that we provide the blades is a great conversation starter that allows us to talk about our technology and long track record from Europe.”

    Dorte continued: “The main topic on everyone’s lips, however, was the optimism spurred by the extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) that provides five years of certainty, which we need to make the absolute most of. We will see steady growth and we must use this period of stability to take innovation to the next level, for instance with longer and more slender blades to drive down costs and make wind power fully competitive with other forms of energy.”

    Ten percent of US electricity from wind by 2020
    According to AWEA, the feedback from the industry is clear: cost cuts and innovation will drive the industry to 10 percent of US electricity by 2020, double the share of electricity compared to today. This will require at least eight gigawatts of new installations every year for the next five years.

    Today 40 U.S. states have wind power installed and can reliably supply power for 20 million American homes. Last year, wind installations surpassed all other energy technologies including solar and natural gas, and wind power jobs grew 20 percent entering 2016. Wind power now supports 88,000 jobs in the US — 1350 of which are at LM Wind Power.

    LM Wind Power was well represented by our colleagues in top management, Sales & Marketing, Sourcing, Engineering, Operations and Service who took turns in manning our booth in the exhibition hall. The conference track featured technical presentations from Roel Schuring, VP Engineering and Senior Director, Test & Validation Center, John Korsgaard.

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    Senior Director, Test & Validation Center, John Korsgaard, represented LM Wind Power in the conference track of the WINDPOWER 2016 show, with a presentation on increased performance and reliability of wind turbine blades.

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    We are pleased to announce the launch of another new blade type for one of our long-standing customers in China. Our newly developed 66.9 meter blades for Goldwind's 3MW wind turbine platform have been installed successfully on the first prototype turbine. Read the full press release here.
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    The first set of LM 66.9 meter blades was successfully installed on Goldwind's 3MW GW3S prototype turbine in China https://t.co/eAyW0EFQxZ https://t.co/vmuink82XG
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    LM Wind Power has installed its 66.9-metre blades on Goldwind’s 3MW GW3S prototype turbine in China https://t.co/T0gwzWZn6a https://t.co/0icgnkYCTI
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    Goldwind installs 3MW prototype with LM blades https://t.co/BxrtZGeEBa https://t.co/bhQM4oizDL
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    And the gold medal goes to...LM 88.4 P, the world's longest blade! Windpower Monthly names our record-breaker as the best rotor blade of 2016, in their “Turbines of the Year” publication.