LM Wind Power customers can now benefit from reduced time to market by using the new LM e-Load developed in cooperation with GL Garrad Hassan based on its Bladed 4.1 software.
The online web service provides access to the industry’s largest blade catalogue and helps wind turbine manufacturers speed up the blade qualification process significantly.
LM Wind Power is the first in the industry to launch a tool which ensures faster delivery of load assessments, encourages cooperation based on open standards and enhances integration and responsiveness throughout the supply chain.
With LM e-Load, LM Wind Power aims to save valuable time for their customers in the blade qualification process. The tool is based on a seamless integration with the latest version of the load calculation software Bladed 4.1, which generates data in a format that is compatible with LM e-Load. This allows LM Wind Power to crunch the numbers automatically and deliver the load assessments to the customer overnight.
“A blade qualification process is an iterative process where the smooth exchange of data between LM Wind Power and the wind turbine manufacturer plays an important role for the overall lead time. We would like to do our part in making this a more efficient process and the LM e-Load tool is a big improvement,” says LM Wind Power’s Chief Technology Officer, Frank V. Nielsen.
LM e-Load is a web based service which achieves the highest level of flexibility and convenience. It provides access to LM Wind Power’s extensive blade portfolio which is by far the largest in the industry and removes the time consuming data formatting from the blade qualification process. In addition to saving valuable time for the wind turbine manufacturers, LM e-Load represents a step towards increased integration through data exchange based on open standards within the wind industry supply chain.
Frank V. Nielsen is pleased that LM Wind Power is able to offer this solution as the first in the industry. He believes the development will make an important difference not least in the current environment where wind turbine manufacturers are not only looking for the best blade for a specific turbine type but also increasingly to adapt to the specific conditions at the site where it will be installed. “That requires more blade qualifications for each turbine and highlights the importance of fast response,” he says. The LM e-Load will ultimately help LM Wind Power’s customers reduce time to market and position them even better to win projects. “The LM e-Load tool helps our customers improve responsiveness, which is an important factor when bidding on projects. It’s an excellent example of a solution that promotes further integration of sub-supplier and wind turbine manufacturers, which increases efficiency and ultimately improves the competitiveness of wind energy.”
LM Wind Power
LM Wind Power is the world’s largest independent wind turbine blade manufacturer with more than 140,000 blades produced since 1978, corresponding to 49 GW installed capacity that each year, helps save the world 83 million tons of CO2. The company has production facilities in 13 locations in Europe, North America and Asia.
Source: LM Wind Power