LM Wind Power and Hitachi commenced installation of the 66.5-m blade in 2016 with the aim of optimizing Hitachi’s 5.2-MW platform to operate effectively in lower wind sites. The new LM Wind Power blades will now enable Hitachi to offer theirturbine with a rotor size of 136 m.
The 66.5-m blades have been tested on a turbine at the Kashima Port Fukashiba Wind Power Station in east Japan since October of last year.
“We are very pleased to support Hitachi, a leader in the development of wind power in Japan, in this offshore development of a new rotor for their 5.2-MW platform,” said LM Wind Power CEO, Marc de Jong.
“We look forward to seeing the 66.5-meter blades generate clean, renewable energy in lower wind sites along the coast of Japan’s main island,” he added.
The 66.5-m blades were produced in LM Wind Power’s blade manufacturing facility in Jiangyin, China.