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Published: 11/13/2014

Connora Technologies makes epoxy truly recyclable
Recyclamine hardener turns thermoset to thermoplastic and offers ability to design composites to be recyclable from the start.

Published: 9/18/2014

Ultrasound evaluation of prepreg impregnation levels
The Ultran Group has developed non-contact ultrasound (NCU) that can accurately assess prepreg level of impregnation (LOI) with implications for out-of-autoclave processing, inline quality control and even automated tape laying.

Published: 5/13/2014

The long view: DoE's offshore wind project funding
The U.S. Department of Energy raised some eyebrows when it chose not to fund UMaine's composites-intensive floating turbine, but perhaps the decision makes more sense than we realize.

Published: 4/9/2014

Wind, coal and the cost of energy
The U.S. Congress is considering extending the renewable energy production tax credit, which bodes well for wind turbine manufacturers. But despite wind's dropping costs, we still live in a world oriented toward and dependent on coal for electricity...

Published: 3/4/2014

Composite flywheels: Finally picking up speed?
A wave of new composite flywheel developments for bus, rail, auto, heavy truck, construction equipment, and power grid support promises fuel savings, improved efficiency and reduced emissions — i.e. sustainability in the global quest for more ...

Published: 2/12/2014

No-oven, No-autoclave (NONA)
Room-temperature cure epoxy composites with a 400°F Tg, comparable properties vs. commercial systems without external heat or post-cure, and offering reduced cost and cycle time. Really?

Published: 1/31/2014

Vestas video documents assembly of world's first 8-MW wind turbine
Wind turbines are getting bigger. Vestas has begun operation of its V164-8.0 MW turbine, with 80m blades, at a Danish test center.

Published: 1/7/2014

Carbon Fiber 2013 report, part 3: Wind energy
Wind and carbon fiber were, at one time, inexorably linked. But that may not be the case — at least for now.

Published: 2/26/2013

Salazar: U.S. trying to streamline approvals for East Coast offshore wind
Speaking at the Offshore Wind Power USA Boston conference, outgoing Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar highlights the need to streamline regulations to speed offshore wind development along the U.S. East Coast.

Published: 1/25/2013

U.S. playing catch-up in offshore wind race
With excellent wind resources off the U.S. East Coast, it's high time wind energy developers start investing in the region. A promising start might be underway off the coast of Maine, where Statoil is working to develop a floating turbine.