Racing with the wind

    Monday marked the start of the Race of the Classics — one of the largest student sailing events in Europe, with teams from universities across the Netherlands.

    It was a gray and rainy morning, as four of our colleagues boarded the “Abel Tasman,” to support 30 enthusiastic students on Team Rotterdam. But, the team wasn’t fazed by the weather at all, keeping warm in sailing jackets sporting the LM Wind Power logo.

    Engineering students from Rotterdam Mainport University enthusiastically welcomed our colleagues onto their boat, and even commented on the clear link between sail boats and blades — both designed to capture the wind!

    “We are excited at the opportunity to participate in this Dutch tradition and build community relations,” said Chris Springham, VP Global Communications, HR & Sustainability. “Exploring the world of sailing links to our strategic thinking over the coming year, while attending the race helps us connect with talented future engineers in the Netherlands.”

    Boats and blades
    Producing high-quality sailing boats is part of our heritage, before we began producing wind turbine blades in the 1970s. But, building boats isn’t our only link to the world of sailing. Here are some fun facts our colleagues shared with the sailing team:

    Our current biggest blade is 73.5 meters in length — 50% longer than the team’s ship, the “Abel Tasman” (49 meters). The blade is so large that the sailors could all stand inside it — with a 3.2 meter root size, weighing 28 tons and designed to survive 20 years of operation.

    Blades, like boats: Have to be optimized aerodynamically / hydrodynamically; Are made out of composites (glass fiber and combined with carbon); Need to be strong enough, but in an efficient and smart way; Need a coating that can withstand the elements.

    The race is on!
    Beginning in the famous Port of Rotterdam, Team Rotterdam was one of 19 boats sailing towards the coast of England that evening. The teams will cross the finish line in Amsterdam on April 10.

    Though it was tempting to continue along on their adventure, our colleagues parted ways with the team after a couple hours. We’ll be following the team’s progress throughout the week on social media, and wish them the best!

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    17-07-2018 13:37:52 | instagram
    Did you know we employ more than 10,400 people, in 11 countries, on four continents? From wind turbine blade factories, to technology centers, to global business offices: #WeKnowBlades! #LMplaces #China #Qinhuangdao #lmwindpower #jobs #greenbusiness #wind #windworks #windturbine #windturbines #renewables #windpower #windenergy #windfarm #renewableenergy #cleanenergy #future #sustainability #engineering
    17-07-2018 12:00:46 | linkedin

    LM Wind Power

    Did you know we employ more than 10,400 people, in 11 countries, on four continents? From wind turbine blade factories, to technology centers, to global business offices: #WeKnowBlades! https://www.lmwindpower.com/en/career/are-we-compatible
    17-07-2018 12:00:40 | twitter

    LM Wind Power

    Did you know we employ more than 10,400 people, in 11 countries, on four continents? From wind turbine blade factories, to technology centers, to global business offices: #WeKnowBlades! https://t.co/FJ1DjNq4TG https://t.co/iMVbyD5Gzp
    10-07-2018 08:58:47 | twitter

    LM Wind Power

    In 2017, @LMWindPower expanded its Plant in Quebec. 🇨🇦 #cleantech. @invest_canada Just last month it won three awards at the Quebec Wind Energy Gala. They had to hire 300 new people to keep up with the 400% increase in demand. https://t.co/P3qKdeI2ao https://t.co/isQoGRmKOm
    09-07-2018 09:30:14 | linkedin

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    Bergama's 100th blade, and the proud team that made it happen in March this year! Watch our first blades from Turkey make their way to Australia: http://fal.cn/BergamaTransport #WeKnowBlades
    09-07-2018 08:30:13 | twitter

    LM Wind Power

    Bergama's 100th blade, and the proud team that made it happen in March this year! Watch our first blades from #Turkey make their way to #Australia: https://t.co/d32YUHaiqG https://t.co/XMpFrKMDAN
    05-07-2018 12:51:13 | twitter

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    Do we think we will change the world, one board game at a time? Probably not…but then again, why not give it a try? Watch the #BrusselsSDGSummit participants play: https://t.co/0xHEwFYTYJ @CSREuropeOrg #SDG #CleanLM https://t.co/TwI6m1Dqcg
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    LM Wind Power

    Do we think we will change the world, one board game at a time? Probably not…but then again, why not give it a try? Watch SDG Summit participants in Brussels learn how to go carbon neutral in 30 minutes, by playing with big pieces of cardboard!
    29-06-2018 12:21:32 | instagram
    Our new #Cherbourg, #France, team will build the world’s longest wind turbine blades – 107 meter giants, longer than a soccer field, dedicated to the #HaliadeX 12MW offshore turbine! Learn how to join our team (link in bio). #WeKnowBlades #LMplaces #lmwindpower #jobs #greenbusiness #wind #windworks #windturbine #windturbines #renewables #windpower #windenergy #windfarm #renewableenergy #cleanenergy #future #sustainability #engineering
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