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Blade Runners: A look inside the world’s largest maker of giant wind turbine blades

Castellón blade manufacturing facility opened 11 years ago

It takes two days and 100 people to assemble each wind turbine blade



LM Wind Power —the world’s largest maker of blades for wind turbines--opened a factory 11 years ago in Castellón, Spain, drawn by a climate that made it possible to store dozens of finished wind turbine blades in huge, open-air lots and a location that made it easy to ship to nearby wind farms.

The LM Wind Power team most recently helped make the blades for the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine, GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade-X . The 107-meter blades for this 12-megawatt turbine will be at a brand-new factory in Cherbourg, France.

Assembling each wind turbine blade is a well-orchestrated affair that takes around two days and 100 people, with crews working round-the-clock shifts to keep up with demand. It’s an intense scene, and for good reason. The turbine blades must be well-made because once they leave their idyllic birthplace, some will endure punishing gales whipping up over the North Sea and other extreme weather on land or out at sea.

“Customers invest a lot in these blades, which are going to be installed in the sea 30 kilometers from the coast,” says José-Luís Grau, who has been running the LM Wind Power plant since it first opened. “Problems are costly to fix. They need to trust us and our process that we will be able to deliver.”

Learn more about LM Wind Power wind turbine blades by contacting us today.

Read the full story at GE Reports.