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10/16/2017 | 1 MINUTE READ

DEVOLD receives innovation award from LM Wind Power

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SAERTEX GmbH & Co. KG (Saerbeck, Germany) subsidiary Devold AMT AS (Langevaag, Norway) has received the “Most Innovative Partner 2017” award from leading rotor blade supplier LM Wind Power (Kolding, Denmark) for its development of a unique multiaxial non-crimp fabric (NCF) solution.

SAERTEX GmbH & Co. KG (Saerbeck, Germany) subsidiary Devold AMT AS (Langevaag, Norway) has received the “Most Innovative Partner 2017” award from leading rotor blade supplier LM Wind Power (Kolding, Denmark) for its development of a unique multiaxial non-crimp fabric (NCF) solution.

A solution for a new lightweight material for the longest rotor blade in the world (88.4m) was developed in close collaboration between the application experts at DEVOLD and the development team at LM, now part of GE Renewable Energy (Paris, France). The benchmark-setting LM 88.4 P rotor blade was designed for an 8MW offshore wind turbine with a rotor diameter spanning an area larger than the Colosseum in Rome. The sheer size of these wind power plants makes an immense contribution to reducing energy costs for wind power, making it more competitive. A wind turbine of this scale can supply energy to around 10,000 homes, says Recharge News, SEP 2016.

The enormous length of the rotor blades places extreme demands on the materials used, in particular their rigidity-to-weight ratio. DEVOLD developed a special multiaxial fabric for this application, comprising not only a new reinforcement material but also an innovative way of processing it.

Kåre Dybvik, managing director at DEVOLD, received the award at the LM Wind Power SUPPLIER DAYS in Amsterdam on October 4, 2017. The DEVOLD team is proud of the award and would like to thank all the project partners involved and LM Wind Power for the many years of close collaboration and trust.

DEVOLD AMT evolved out of a traditional knitwear company founded in 1853. In the late 1980’s the company diversified into stitched multiaxial fiberglass reinforcements, initially supplying a shipyard making naval vessels. In 1992 DEVOLD AMT AS was launched as a separate entity in its own right. Today, the company is a wholly owned subsidiary of SAERTEX GmbH.

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