The prototype of an ‘eco-design’ wind turbine blade fashioned from thermoplastics and a new-generation recyclable resin has come out of the moulds at GE-owned LM Wind Power’s fabrication hall in Spain.

The 62-metre-long blade, laid-up in the contractor’s fabrication hall in Ponferrada, Spain, is the first fruit of the Zebra (zero waste blade research) consortium, a cross-sector group made up of LM, Engie, Suez, Canoe, Owens Corning and Arkema – the last two which devised new high-performance glass materials and resin, respectively, for the design.