Advanced Composites Group Ltd. (ACG, Heanor, Derbyshire, U.K.) will have a role in two groundbreaking turbine generator R&D projects, worth over £2 million ($3.47 million), that could have significant energy impacts. As the lead partner in a project that is examining “New Materials and Methods for Energy Efficient Tidal Turbines” (NEW-MMEETT), ACG and its partners will investigate new carbon and glass fiber-reinforced resin systems optimized to counter fatigue effects, which will then allow for reductions in the design allowables and, with the application of state-of-the-art aerospace technologies, to the design of more efficient tidal turbines. Aviation Enterprises Ltd. (Hungerford, Berkshire, U.K.), Materials Engineering Research Laboratory Ltd. (Hertford, U.K.) and the University of Bristol are partnering with ACG in this venture. The second project, which will be led by Rolls-Royce plc (London, U.K.), with ACG, Swansea University and the University of Birmingham as joint partners, will focus on the research and development of “Advanced Ceramic Matrix Composites for Energy Generating Gas Turbine Applications.” The project will develop a high temperature oxide/oxide-ceramic matrix composite for use in power-generating gas turbine applications. This will provide a step change in temperature capability, thereby enabling higher operating temperatures, improving engine ef-ficiency and reducing CO2 emissions.
Nigel Blatherwick, ACG’s commercial director, says: “ACG is proud to be involved in these exciting and challenging research projects.”