#WINDBLADES

Wind/Energy

ACT Blade, AMRC cooperate on 13m blade demonstrator

ACT Blade’s wind turbine blade design uses a textile shell overwrapping a structural spar to help reduce blade weight and manufacturing cost. 

Wind/Energy

FLOTANT project to develop composite mooring cable system for deep water wind farms

Project partners are testing pultruded carbon fiber/thermoplastic profiles for use in a more cost-efficient, robust offshore wind farm mooring system. 

Wind/Energy

Fiberline to supply carbon fiber profiles for Nordex Group wind blades

Denmark-based Fiberline says this transaction is its largest carbon fiber profile contract in the wind industry to date.

Materials

U.K. develops Sustainable Composites to address composite recycling challenge

The partnership will accelerate new recycling technologies, such as delivering a series of R&D projects, investing in new material feedstocks and more.  

Wind/Energy

PlasmaBound completes €1.1 million investment round

Ireland-based PlasmaBound has developed controlled polymer ablation (CPA) technology, which joins structural adhesives to composites materials.

Wind/Energy

Bio-based hybrid tapes assessed for lightweight applications

A project of AZL’s partner institute, ITA,  integrates flax fiber reinforcement with a PA11 resin matrix. Targeted end markets include automotive and wind energy. 

Wind/Energy

Nabrawind announces OEM order for jointed blade

Nabrawind expects commercial manufacturing of its modular blade to begin by 2021 for a top five wind turbine OEM.

Consumer

AnalySwift launches VABS software on Altair Partner Alliance platform

VABS software enables cost-effective simulation for composite rotor blades, tubes and other slender composite structures. 

Wind/Energy

Europe's Vattenfall invests in world’s largest offshore wind farm

The 1,500-MW Hollandse Kust Zuid wind farm will power 2 million-3 million Dutch homes and is part of a larger industry trend toward renewables and away from fossil fuels.

Wind/Energy

Wind energy leaders present recommendations for recycling wind turbine blades

The EuCIA, Cefic and WindEurope recently released a joint report aimed to accelerate wind turbine blade recycling efforts.

Glass Fibers

Germany's aerodyn launches rotor blade for 11-15 MW turbines

The rotor blade boasts CFRP-GFRP spar caps, a 128-meter rotor diameter, an adjustable design and more. 

Wind/Energy

Siemens Gamesa to expand wind turbine nacelle capacity in Taiwan

The expansion is designed to support the 300-MW Hai Long 2 offshore wind farm and is expected to strengthen the localized nacelle supply chain.

Materials

ACMA report addresses composite wind turbine blade recycling

The report points to viable technologies and strategies for sustainability and energy efficiency in composite manufacturing and EOL recycling. 

Wind/Energy

Siemens Gamesa's 14-MW offshore wind turbines to power 2.6-GW Dominion Energy project

All wind turbines for the 2,640-MW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind commercial project are expected to be installed by 2026.

Core

Diab Group to expand PET core capacity in China

Expanded operations are expected to begin in 2021 and include a PET structural foam production line in the existing Diab Zhangjiagang facilities.

Wind/Energy

Siemens Gamesa launches 14-MW offshore direct drive turbine

The SG 14-222 DD wind turbine 108-meter blades, a lightweight nacelle and more.   

Wind/Energy

Armacell extends PET foam core operations to China.

Armacell’s fourth PET foam extrusion line globally is designed to meet growing demand for PET foams across the Chinese composite market.

Epoxies

Simulation software leveraged for rotor blade project

Seoul National University uses Analyswift’s composite simulation software, VABS, for more accurate design and analyses in the university’s experimental evaluation of a SNUF rotor blade.   

Marine

Composites suppliers, fabricators respond to coronavirus

Companies across the composites industry supply chain share how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their businesses, and how they are available to help.

Wind/Energy

Brazilian composites sector shows third consecutive year of growth

Maxiquim’s recent study notes that the transportation and electric sectors are responsible for $560 million in revenue.

Wind/Energy

MHI Vestas wind blade materials to be sourced in Taiwan

Taiwan-based Swancor will supply resins and composite materials for MHI Vestas’ offshore wind projects in Taiwan.

Wind/Energy

Siemens Gamesa completes acquisition of Portuguese wind blade plant

Senvion’s Ria Blades factory in Vagos, Portugal, widens Siemens Gamesa’s global footprint and strengthens the wind manufacturer’s position in a competitive onshore business environment. 

Wind/Energy

AWEA: U.S. sets first quarter wind record for 2020

The first quarter of 2020 saw U.S. wind project installations rise 117% compared to Q1 2019.

Carbon Fibers

4M demonstrates large-diameter carbon fiber production

4M Carbon Fiber, working with textile-grade polyacrylonitrile (PAN) precursor producer Dralon GbmH, has used its plasma oxidation technology to manufacture large-diameter carbon fiber.