As part of its research and development strategy concerning the establishment of international Centres of Excellence, LM Glasfiber has entered into an agreement with Risø DTU, National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Denmark. Under the agreement, LM Glasfiber will establish an R&D office which is expected to employ a major team of researchers already by mid-2009. The researchers will be experts in advanced materials technology and aerodynamics.
In addition to strengthening the cooperation with one of the world's leading research institutions in wind energy, the R&D office at Risø DTU will make it easier for LM Glasfiber to attract new employees, also from the Greater Copenhagen area, to help support the company's rapidly growing research and development activities.
"We expect a lot from the strengthened cooperation with Risø DTU where we are going to cooperate especially with two institutes: the Materials Research Department and the Wind Energy Department. At Risø DTU, LM Glasfiber's future employees will be working in one of the world's leading wind energy research environments, offering access not only to some of the world's best competences but also to advanced testing equipment and laboratory facilities. In close cooperation with almost 200 engineering colleagues in India, the Netherlands and at the headquarters in Kolding, they will become key persons for the development of the next generation of blade technology," says Frank V. Nielsen, VP Research & Development.
LM Glasfiber's blade technology is based on further development of thoroughly tested composite materials, ensuring the best possible price/performance ratio. The newly established Centre of Excellence at Risø DTU will not only strengthen LM Glasfiber's knowledge of the interaction between different types of blade materials but also map the effect of the properties of the materials in connection with upscaling activities.
Research into advanced aerodynamics is the other focus area for LM Glasfiber's new R&D office. This way, LM Glasfiber takes the next step towards achieving its strategic goal of becoming the leader in blade aerodynamics, an effort that in 2006 resulted in the opening of the world's first wind tunnel, tailor-made for testing blades. More specifically, the increased effort will allow the company to focus on active control, or in other words aeroservoelasticity.
Optimising the materials used for the wind turbine blades as well as the aerodynamic efficiency of the blades are key elements of LM Glasfiber's goal of contributing to the competitiveness of wind energy. A goal which LM Glasfiber will achieve not only in close cooperation with leading research institutions but also with its customers and suppliers - in keeping with LM Glasfiber's vision: Together we turn wind into clean power.
Source : LM Website