Press release - ODB project


November 8, 2017


New international collaboration to improve the performance of offshore wind turbine blades  

Seven new technological blade enhancements aim to reduce cost of offshore wind energy by up to 4.7%

A major, international €4 million research collaboration between 10 European partners is leading the development of seven novel offshore wind turbine blade technologies, which collectively could lower the levelised cost of energy (LCOE) of offshore wind by as much as 4.7%.

The Offshore Demonstration Blade (ODB) project is supporting the research, development and demonstration of wind turbine blade innovations, including aerodynamic and structural enhancements, blade monitoring systems and blade erosion protection solutions. These products will be developed and retrofitted to the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s 7MW Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine in Scotland for demonstration purposes. The innovations will then be ready for deployment on existing or new offshore turbines.

The two-year Demowind-funded project will be coordinated by the UK’s ORE Catapult Development Services Ltd (ODSL), and involve leading organisations in wind turbine innovation including CENER, Bladena, TNO, Aerox, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Total Wind A/S, Dansk IngeniørService A/S (DIS), the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the Cardenal Herrera University (CEU) in Spain.

Operations and maintenance costs represent almost a quarter of the total LCOE of an offshore wind turbine, with rotor operations and maintenance, specifically blade erosion and blade structural integrity, representing a large share of these costs. Therefore, improving the performance and operational lifetime of turbine blades will have a direct impact in lowering LCOE.

Specific quote from Total Wind A/S:

Total Wind has extensive knowledge in the field of blade repair and blade maintenance and has a continued wish to develop and gather as much knowledge in this field as possible. Involvement in this research project will bring even more experience, knowledge and intensive learning in new technology within this area of the wind industry.

Total Wind looks forward to join in the exchange of experience during the project and to provide the support necessary. Total Wind is an ISO certified provider and used to handle data and draw up reports in an organized way which will benefit this project.

Total Wind expects that this research project will contribute to the technological development within the construction and durability of the turbine blades – and in the end lead to higher productivity, better return on the investments and with this reduce the costs for sustainable energy.

For more information please contact Total Wind A/S: Lena Riisgaard
(Email:  or  mobile: +45 5077 9983)

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