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New facilities, new contracts for U.S. wind blade manufacturers

Energy Composites Corp. announced that it has reached agreement with the city of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., to develop a new wind blade manufacturing plant and associated logistics center.

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Posted on: 11/30/2009
Source: Composites Technology

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Energy Composites Corp. (ECC, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.) announced that it has reached agreement with the city of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., to develop a new wind blade manufacturing plant and associated logistics center. City officials promised $7.5 million in development incentives, including site improvements, job-creation cash credits, and additional cash payments, based on ECC’s original plans for a facility that would produce enough blades to equip wind energy systems producing 750 MW of power per year. But ECC’s most recent plans include annual blade production to support 1,200 MW of power. Adrian Williams, director of the company’s WindFiber division, stated that the blade plant will be the first in North America designed to produce blades up to 65m/213 ft in length, for large onshore and offshore wind turbines. ECC already operates an automated 73,000 ft² (6,780 m²) manufacturing facility in Wisconsin Rapids that uses advanced composites to produce industrial components.

In Florida, JRL Ventures Inc. (Cape Coral, Fla.), a composites and parts manufacturer, announced that it has completed one water turbine project and a single 1-kW wind project, and is working on additional renewable energy projects with other wind energy companies. Several more contracts are developing, says the company.

Meanwhile, blade manufacturer LM Glasfiber (Kolding, Denmark) said on Oct. 21 that it plans to expand further its eight-year-old operations in China. Citing strong growth in the Chinese wind market, LM will add three production lines at its third Chinese facility in Qin Huang Dao, in Heibei Province, doubling its current production capacity. The initial blade workshop produced its first blades in November this year and the company expects to commission the factory expansion in third quarter 2010.

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