World's longest wind turbine blade arrives for key UK tests

The 107-metre blade for the 12MW Haliade-X will be put through its paces in northeast England

The world’s longest wind turbine blade has arrived in the UK for testing.

The 107-metre blade will be used on the most powerful wind turbine in commercial development – the 12MW Haliade-X from GE Renewable Energy.

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Along with the Haliade-X nacelle, the LM 107.0 P blade, made by GE unit LM Wind Power and the first to break the 100-metre mark, will undergo a year of testing at facilities run by the UK government-backed ORE Catapult in northeast England.

The tests will probe its ability to withstand the strong wind and tough operating conditions it faces during years of operation at sea.

Tha Haliade-X – whose development was revealed exclusively first by Recharge – is due for first commercial deployments in 2021.

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