28 Oct '14, 3pm

Making the Blade Photoessay: How and Where Wind Turbines Get Their Swoosh

Making the Blade Photoessay: How and Where Wind Turbines Get Their Swoosh

Wind turbine blades harvest energy from currents of air, but they don’t come off an assembly line like widgets. Indeed, it’s difficult to appreciate just how much effort and care goes into crafting them until you see the process up close. That’s why I was recently honoured to be the first professional photographer to lens the shop floor at PowerBlades Industries in Welland, Ontario. The company is a Canadian subsidiary of German wind turbine manufacturer Senvion. PowerBlades opened last year to support the growth in renewable energy in Ontario spurred in turn by the province’s Green Energy Act . As of this week, the company will have fabricated 78 fiberglass blades, each 45 meters long and up to three meters wide, for dozens of 2.05-MW Senvion turbines. Birth of a Blade Inside PowerBlades, overhead cranes move girders and blades from one part of the building to the next. H...

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