China’s Envision Energy has announced plans for a third U.S. facility. The wind turbine manufacturer, which also develops energy management software, is opening a research and development office in Boulder, Colorado.
The Global Blade Innovation Center, led by former Siemens engineer Kevin Standish, will focus primarily on blade design.
"As all energy capture begins with the blade of the wind turbine, Envision has placed special emphasis on this area of research," said Standish. "Bringing blade design capability in-house will enable Envision to leverage a complete systems engineering approach. The sustained trend in the wind industry towards increasing larger turbine rotor sizes and power ratings demands that turbine designers make simultaneous advances in aerodynamics, loads, controls, acoustics, structure, materials and manufacturing excellence."
Envision’s other U.S. facilities include the Global Digital Innovation Lab in Silicon Valley, California and the Digital Energy Research Center in Houston, Texas.
The company boasts a wind portfolio of more than 7.5 GW worldwide.