Wind and energy is the fastest growing end market for composite materials. Wind blades, oil rig tubulars, solar panel frames and other structures are forecast to consume more composite materials than any other market over the next decade.
Massive growth, complex blade designs reopen challenging market in wind energy niche.
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Laird will be director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) National Wind Technology Center (NWTC).Brazil #1 in South American wind energy market CompositesWorld
GE Wind Energy (Fairfleld, CT, US) will soon supply 156 wind turbines (worth about US$427 million) to Brazilian renewable energy developer Casa dos Ventos Energias Renovaveis SA, for its Ventos do Araripe III wind complex, scheduled to begin commercial operation in April 2017.US wind energy: Offshore promise remains unfulfilled, onshore strong CompositesWorld
On the occasion of the laying of the first foundation for the first turbine in the first-ever offshore wind farm in the US, located three miles southeast of Block Island, RI, US (5 turbines, 30 MW, expected online in 2016), an article published by the US Energy Information Admin. (Washington, DC, US) by authors Rachel Marsh and Cara Marcy noted that this small beginning presages what could be profoundly significant opportunities to harvest wind energy off the US coast and ensure a long and steady demand for the composite materials and equipment necessary to build the massive blades that turn the turbine rotors.European 2015 offshore wind mid-year growth tops previous full-year record CompositesWorld
According to the European Wind Energy Assn.’s (EWEA, Brussels, Belgium) mid-year report, “The European Offshore Wind Industry — Key trends and Statistics, 1st Half 2015,” wind farm operators there installed more new capacity in the first half of 2015 than in all of 2014.CFK-Valley Stade Convention 2015 report CompositesWorld
The composites industry in Germany is preparing for the 4th Industrial Revolution.