Suzlon Group has opened its new blade science center, located in Vejle, Denmark. The center will focus on developing turbine blades and control systems, as well as integrating Suzlon’s aerodynamics, loads and new structures research across the company.
Dr. Thomas Buhl has joined Suzlon as vice president and will lead the new center. According to Suzlon, Buhl has more than 15 years of experience in aerodynamics and blade structures. At his last assignment, Buhl was heading the section for wind turbine structures at the Technical University of Denmark Wind Energy.
Duncan Koerbel, Suzlon’s chief technology officer, says, “We will continue to accelerate our research into the next generation of air foils and rotor systems to continue to reduce the levelized cost of energy and increase the plant load factor for our customers. We have an aggressive series of new turbines for low-wind sites planned for the Indian and international markets.
“Through technology, we will advance the performance of these machines with our fourth-generation blades, augmented with improved pitch control systems, and by introducing carbon fiber in a unique industry application. I am confident the team led by Dr. Buhl will help advance research in all of these areas across our company,” Koerbel continues.