China to receive new 71.8m offshore turbine blade
The Danish blade producer, LM Wind Power, has announced a signed agreement with Chinese offshore developer, Envision.
LM Wind Power will develop a new 71.8m blade for Envision’s 4.5MW platform, and aim to install it during the first half of 2018.
A deal subsequent to the signing of the agreement requires the 50% expansion of LM Win Power’s Jiangyin factory in Jiangsu’s manufacturing facility.
The blade is designed with a large rotor in order to serve Wind Class II and III areas in north China offshore.
“The Chinese offshore wind market is expected to grow on average by 40% annually for the next five years. LM Wind Power has been part of this journey since the very beginning and we are investing significantly in new product development and technologies for the Chinese market, including manufacturing capacity and people,” commented Alexis Crama, Vice President of LM Wind Power Offshore.
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“Together with industry leaders like Envision, we look forward to further accelerating the development of a domestic offshore industry, helping China meet its growing demands for clean, renewable and affordable energy.”
LM Wind Power and Envision have worked together since 2009, with the Danish company suppling blades for Envision’s onshore and offshpre turbines.
LM Wind Power operates four manufacturing facilities in China and employs around 2,500 people.
“Envision has a strong ambition to continue to lead the development of the Chinese offshore wind market and we are pleased to engage in this strategic partnership with LM Wind Power,” remarked Dick Xie, Envision Offshore Business Head.
“Our collaboration will ensure high-performing, reliable blades on this new and powerful platform that will contribute to reducing the Levelized Cost of Energy offshore,” he added.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.