Global renewable energy provider, Suzlon Group, has announced the opening of its new Blade Science Center in Vejle, Denmark. The new center is focused on developing quality blades and control systems, while integrating Suzlon’s aerodynamic, loads, and new structures research across the company.
“The new blade center is aligned to our vision of being the technology leader in the global wind sector,” said Tulsi Tanti, Chairman of the Suzlon Group. “We believe a new wave of innovation is required to unlock the true potential of renewable energy, to lower the levelized cost of energy, and take the game to a new level. Denmark is the birthplace of wind technology and we will leverage the experience and expertise of the talent pool there in our innovation efforts as we develop our next generation of turbines.”
With more than 15 years of experience in aerodynamics and blade structures, Dr. Thomas Buhl has joined Suzlon as Vice President to lead Suzlon’s Blade Science Center. At his last assignment, Dr. Buhl was heading the Section for Wind Turbine Structures at DTU Wind Energy, where he managed a large group of scientists and engineers with a focus on mechanical design and loads, composite structures and structural optimization.
“We believe the new blade center, under the leadership of Dr. Thomas Buhl, will be the epicenter for developing next-generation wind turbines,” shared Duncan Koerbel, Suzlon’s Chief Technology Officer. “We will continue to accelerate our research into the next generation of air foils and rotor systems to continue to reduce the levelized cost of energy and increase the plant load factor for our customers.”
He added: “We have an aggressive series of new turbines for low-wind sites planned for the Indian and international markets. Through technology, we will advance the performance of these machines with our fourth generation blades, augmented with improved pitch control systems, and by introducing carbon fiber in a unique industry application.”