This factory is like a cathedral to a new type of craft. A team of workers are carefully handmaking blades at the new Siemens facility in Hull. These blades are designed not to cut, but to catch the fast-flowing offshore winds and generate zero-carbon electricity. The factory has been built on Alexandra Dock beside the Humber, just 10 hours’ sailing from the huge wind farms that are spreading across the North Sea. Inside, the birth of the blade starts with workers wrapping the fin-like structure with long strips of fibreglass, as if swaddling a beloved creature. Others carefully assemble a balsa ...


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