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Published: 9/16/2015

AVANCO: Driving the industrialization of CFRP structures
The AVANCO Group is producing high-quality CFRP parts into a wide array of applications from six production facilities in Germany and the US.

Published: 6/15/2015

Wind energy: No blades needed?
A startup seeks to take the blades out of wind generators.

Published: 12/4/2014

Recycling carbon fiber for structural applications
Research aims to characterize recycled carbon fiber (RCF) for use in aero interiors and also to recycle continuous carbon fiber.

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.