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TRENDS AUGUST 2016 20 CompositesWorld Adwen (Bremerhaven, Germany), a 50/50 joint-venture between wind turbine OEMs AREVA (Paris Le Défense, France) and Gamesa (Zamudio, Spain) dedicated to offshore wind, has partnered with long-time blade manu- facturer LM Wind Power (Kolding, Denmark) to produce the longest turbine blade in the world. The 88.4m-long blade has been specifically designed for Adwen's AD 8-180 wind turbine, which is rated at 8 MW of nominal electric power-generating capacity and, not surprisingly, also has the largest rotor diameter, at 180m and, as a result, the highest annual energy produc- tion (AEP) of all currently fielded wind turbines. The first of the turbine's huge blades has been manu- factured at LM Wind Power's factory in Lunderskov, Denmark, and will be transported to a facility in Aalborg, where it will enter a rigorous testing regime as part of Adwen's extensive product-validation plan. The engineer- ing teams at both companies have worked in concert for months to design and integrate the blade's composite components. Adwen and LM Wind Power produce the world's longest wind turbine blade ENERGY Walton Process Technologies, Inc. Best Customer Service in The Industry Mansfield TX 682-518-9002 Service/Repair Retrofit/Relocate Autoclaves Bond Presses Batch Process Controls Ovens Parts

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