evoblade and Deutsche Windtechnik study confirms that the retrofittable Evoflap spoiler improves flow, offers load reduction and could potentially extend wind turbine service life.
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Project aims to demonstrate additive manufacturing of >100-meter-long composite wind blades with >25% reduced cost.
Suitable for prepreg and infusion processes, Hexcel’s HexPly XF reduce shell manufacturing time by up to 2 hours and removes all surface defects prior to painting.
Industry’s largest rotor ups output by 65% versus 9.5 MW turbines, serial production for 2024.
The BYK-C 8001 coupling agent offers 60% improved mechanical strength, design freedom and universal application for glass fiber-reinforced epoxy resin systems.
Unfilled resin compounds decrease foam cell size and reduce resin uptake by the foam during manufacture for the creation of lighter, longer wind blades.
Additive manufacturing with bio-based, 100% recyclable feedstocks reinforced with wood can reduce construction time by six months and cut costs by 25-50%
MTorres seeks to enable next-gen aircraft and open new markets for composites with low-cost, high-permeability tapes and versatile, high-speed production lines.
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A 10-partner consortium has received funding for a three-year R&D project aiming at commercialization of sustainable techniques for recycling wind blades.
Confirmed as the supplier for all three of the U.K. offshore wind farm’s phases, GE will begin installing its most powerful, 14-MW turbine variants in 2025.
The projects consist of 58 wind turbines, with wind turbine delivery scheduled for the third and fourth quarter of 2021.
Decommissioned composite wind turbine blades will be recycled into cement production to replace raw material needs, while still enabling a net-positive environmental impact.
The Brande Hydrogen pilot project aims to produce green hydrogen directly from wind energy with no connection to an electricity grid. First test runs are planned for Dec. 2020 and hydrogen production by Jan. 2021.
From infrastructure solutions to consumer products, Polish recycler Anmet and Netherlands-based researchers are developing new methods for repurposing wind turbine blades and other composite parts.
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ABN AMRO’s Energy Transition Fund acquired 34% of Fiberline shares, implements ambitious growth strategy for pultruded wind blades.
The investment in Nabrawind will boost several company projects, including its Nabrajoint modular blade technology.
Composites continue to play a critical role in onshore hydraulic fracturing, and thermoplastic composites are on the rise for deepwater pipelines.
Wind energy continues to dominate in this segment and remains the world’s largest market for glass fiber-reinforced composites.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and partners aim to develop more sustainable, longer-lasting turbine blades that are less expensive to manufacture.
The SusWIND initiative, addressing the recyclability and future development of composite wind turbine blades, will be delivered in three developments.
Boat sales surge during pandemic, carbon fiber continues to increase with demand for electric power, foiling and performance, while progress is seen for glass fiber composites in ships, 3D printing and recycling.
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Per the agreement, Vestas will acquire Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ shares in the MHI Vestas Offshore Wind (MVOW) joint venture. MHI gets 2.5% in Vestas and a seat on the Vestas board.
Following a depolymerization, purification and reformulation process, the resulting Elium thermoplastic resin is said to enable the manufacture of 100% recyclable wind turbine blades.
Arkema’s Elium thermoplastic resins might be key to the project’s goal to design and produce the first 100% recyclable wind turbine blade.
The Dogger Bank wind farm will comprise of 190 units of the 13 MW Haliade-X wind turbine, due for completion by 2026.
The university is developing a large-scale glass fiber composite recycling system as an end-of-life (EoL) solution for wind blades.
Run by consortium partners EDF Renewables, Enbridge and GE Renewable Energy, the offshore wind farm project will be comprised of 80 wind turbines to be installed by 2022.