Bayer receives grant for resin infusion research

The $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will support development and testing of advanced composite technologies and resin infusion processes for larger, more efficient and more powerful wind turbine blades.

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Bayer MaterialScience LLC (Pittsburgh, Pa., USA) announced on July 30 that it has been selected to receive a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to support development and testing of advanced composite technologies and resin infusion processes for larger, more efficient and more powerful blades for 1.5+ MW wind turbines. The project, “Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Polyurethane Composites for Wind Turbine Blades,” is an initiative to help accelerate development of advanced wind turbines, with a focus on overcoming technology barriers to broader application.

Bayer MaterialScience will focus on materials innovations that can help harness the wind and optimize wind turbine performance to support the electric power grid. The project further strengthens Bayer MaterialScience’s commitment to sustainability, joining such other company programs as Product Stewardship, Sustainability Council, and Bayer Global Climate Challenge, as well as its participation in the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care initiative.

“We are excited by this opportunity to apply progressive lightweight composite technologies for use in the wind energy industry,” said Mike Gallagher, director, Government Services Group, Bayer MaterialScience LLC. “The program puts our advanced materials to the test to advance wind energy as a commercially viable renewable energy solution.”