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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    19-04-2018 13:06:50 | twitter

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    .@LMWindPower blades from 🇹🇷 ➡️ 🇦🇺 #GEWind https://t.co/RS3LWvFT2F
    12-04-2018 14:53:10 | twitter

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    GE's new wind turbine is 260 metres high- how is the supply chain responding?--Read the full article here: https://t.co/WUkgiG5mpe @GErenewables @LMWindPower #windpower #wind https://t.co/wnDBR5UGkJ
    10-04-2018 16:51:32 | instagram
    First stop in the @generalelectric Haliade 150-6MW #WindCycle: blade production. At our factory in Castellón, #Spain, we made the 198 LM blades that will eventually spin at #Merkur offshore wind farm. Each blade is 241 feet (73.5 meters) long and 27 tons, helping the turbine generate 6 MW of energy. Photographer @nicanorgarcia captured a worker finishing the surface of a blade. #WeKnowBlades #LMplaces #lmwindpower #greenbusiness #wind #windworks #windturbine #windturbines #renewables #windpower #windenergy #renewableenergy #cleanenergy #future #sustainability #Haliade #GE #engineering
    10-04-2018 08:44:20 | linkedin

    LM Wind Power

    We're reflecting on the #WindCycle this week! Follow on Instagram as a GE Haliade 150-6 MW wind turbine comes to life, starting with these LM 73.5 meter blades manufactured in Castellon, Spain. Photo credit: @nicanorgarcia #WeKnowBlades http://fal.cn/LMinstagram
    10-04-2018 08:36:17 | twitter

    LM Wind Power

    Reflecting on the #WindCycle this week with @generalelectric on @instagram! Follow a GE Haliade 150-6 MW wind turbine as it comes to life, starting with these LM 73.5 meter blades from Castellon, Spain. Photo credit: @nicanorgarcia #WeKnowBlades https://t.co/vpQzPBru9v
    09-04-2018 19:03:15 | instagram
    We’re reflecting on the #WindCycle this week with @generalelectric! Follow a GE Haliade 150-6 MW wind turbine as it comes to life, starting with these LM 73.5 meter blades manufactured in #Castellon, #Spain. Photo credit: @nicanorgarcia #WeKnowBlades #LMplaces #lmwindpower #greenbusiness #wind #windworks #windturbine #windturbines #renewables #windpower #windenergy #renewableenergy #cleanenergy #future #sustainability #Haliade #GE #engineering
    05-04-2018 10:05:02 | linkedin

    LM Wind Power

    On March 18, LM Wind Power won the 2017 Technical Support Award at Goldwind’s ninth-annual supplier conference! Learn more about this milestone in the close partnership between our technical teams. #WeKnowBlades
    05-04-2018 09:20:19 | twitter

    LM Wind Power

    Reaping the wind with the biggest turbines ever made - @GErenewables HaliadeX #offshorewind turbine and @LMWindPower blades featured in report from @BBCNews. https://t.co/00Ks2IEm72 https://t.co/TKfWObyptH
    05-04-2018 07:52:01 | twitter

    LM Wind Power

    On March 18, LM Wind Power won the 2017 Technical Support Award at Goldwind's ninth-annual supplier conference! Learn more about this milestone in the close partnership between our technical teams: https://t.co/af3j6sa2hf #WeKnowBlades https://t.co/JcwsxlulxL
    04-04-2018 06:55:32 | twitter

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    "Breathtaking" - That's how @BBCNews describes the scale of our 88.4 meter wind turbine blades. Read this in-depth look at how we manufacture and test the world's longest blades: https://t.co/spXw5zfW4l #WeKnowBlades https://t.co/glk9MBmwOH
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