GE acquires Blade Dynamics

General Electric (GE) has confirmed the acquisition of Blade Dynamics, the UK-based pioneer of modular blade design for wind turbines.

Blade Dynamics will become part of GE Renewables, the new division created from GE’s takeover of Alstom’s wind business.

In a statement from the US-based multinational at the time of the transaction in 2015, GE said: “GE has made the strategic decision to acquire Blade Dynamics, a small but growing technology company specializing in the development of modular blades for wind turbines.

“Modular blades offer scalable blade architecture, enabling lower cost manufacturing methods and a more cost-effective long-term solution for logistics challenges associated with transporting current blade technology. We are excited to welcome the Blade Dynamics team to GE.”

Earlier in 2015, Blade Dynamics unveiled a prototype 78-metre modular blade aimed at the offshore market. The company started work on the D78 blade late in 2012, winning £15.5m in development funds from the UK’s Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).