Wind turbine blade manufacturer LM Wind Power (Lunderskov, Denmark) announced on June 11 that on June 10 it used the largest airplane in the world — a Russian cargo carrier, the 175-ton Antonov 225 — to bring two new prototype wind turbine blades, from China to Denmark.
LM Wind Power's new GloBlades are 42m/138 ft long and are destined for the company's state-of-the-art technology center at Lunderskov. The new blades, with the journey, have made their mark in history as the longest cargo ever to have been transported by air.
The rapid boom in demand for new sources of energy in China puts a huge demand on the wind industry players to respond more quickly. LM Wind Power now ships its blades into Denmark to test these thoroughly, as it does all new blade designs. Twenty years of operational life is simulated as the blades are put through tests resembling the full forces of nature.
"The Antonov 225 is an engineering marvel and designed specifically for its purpose, performing incredible feats like this. There are parallels here — our new GloBlades are a fantastic step forward, conceived and developed by a global team of designers based in Denmark and Holland. The new blade type will help the wind farm developers take wind energy to new heights. These blades ensure reliable, clean electricity in lower wind areas for turbines at 1.5-1.7 MW," said Frank V. Nielsen, chief technology officer.
This logistics triumph was achieved through close cooperation between LM Wind Power's growing Service & Logistics organization and Geodis Wilson, contractors to the project, ensuring the fast, safe and efficient transport all the way from Tianjin, China to Lunderskov, Denmark, a distance of 4,650 miles (7480 km) in 12 hours.