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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Brazil-based composites fabricator Edra Equipmatenos will make pipes, accessories and equipment for onshore and offshore platforms.4th Intl. Conference - Advances in Rotor Blades for Wind Turbines, Feb. 24-26 CompositesWorld
Taking place in Bremen, Germany, leading OEMs and design/engineering firms discuss next generation manufacturing, bonding, modular connections, aerodynamic add-ons, re-blading and more.Offshore wind connected to German grid exceeds 1 GW CompositesWorld
Stable policy and technology commitment secure jobs and exports for Germany and pave way for Germany's "energy transition" in 2015.BNSF Logistics and TTS cut wind blade transport costs CompositesWorld
BNSF's Blade Runner service uses a single universal fixture for ocean, rail, truck and storage improving clearance, load factors and efficiency while TTS uses high density fixture to pack 42 blades per train.Wind industry policy uncertainty affects global supply chain CompositesWorld
Report discusses industry trends and wind blade outlook, including manufacturing move out of Europe and new innovations to reduce cost of energy.