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Managing Director at ACT Blade wins the first DIT European Tech Women Awards

Sabrina Malpede, Managing Director at ACT Blade, one of EIT InnoEnergy’s supported innovation projects, won the first DIT European Tech Women Awards, an event that took place online during the London Tech Week. 

The award

The Awards ceremony recognised the excellence of 24 women from the European Region through their outstanding and exceptional achievements in the technology field including Sabrina Malpede, Managing Director at ACT Blade, a company dedicated to developing and commercialise the next generation of wind turbine blades. 

Meet Sabrina Malpede

Malpede is the Co-Founder and CEO of ACT Blade and has over sixteen years of entrepreneurial experience in commercialising innovative solutions for lightweight structures, such as wind turbine blades. She is an Aeronautical Engineer and was awarded a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Glasgow (UK). 

The new generation of wind turbine blades

ACT Blade is developing a new generation of wind turbine blades, the ACT Blades that are a tensioned textile-covered wind turbine blade that can actively change the shape to control loads. It is 32% lighter than conventional blades, enabling it to be 10% longer and directly contributing to the production of 9% more energy with a 7% reduction in the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE). The component-based ACT Blade will reduce the cost of tooling by 60%. Its factory will also be 47% smaller than those of conventional blades.