As part of its research and development strategy, LM Glasfiber (Lunderskov, Denmark) has entered into an agreement with Risø DTU, the National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy in Denmark. Under the agreement, LM Glasfiber will establish a research and development office, a Centre of Excellence that is expected to employ a team of researchers by mid-2009. The researchers will be experts in advanced materials technology and aerodynamics.
In addition to strengthening cooperation with one of the world's leading research institutions in wind energy, the Risø DTU office will make it easier for the company to attract new employees to help support the company's rapidly growing activities.
"We are going to cooperate with two institutes: the Materials Research Department and the Wind Energy Department," says Frank V. Nielsen, VP research and development. "The new office offers access not only to some of the world's best competencies but also to advanced testing equipment and laboratory facilities."
The Centre of Excellence at Risø DTU is expected not only to strengthen LM Glasfiber's knowledge of the interaction between different types of blade materials but also map the effect of material properties in connection with upscaling of blade design, says the company. The new Centre also is a step toward achieving the company's 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 for testing blades. More specifically, the increased effort will allow the company to focus on active control, or aeroservoelasticity.