Additive Manufacturing

Orbital Composites to demonstrate containerized 3D printing robots for AM wind blade manufacture

Project aims to demonstrate additive manufacturing of >100-meter-long composite wind blades with >25% reduced cost.


HexPly XF surface materials satisfy high-quality wind blade surface finish

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.


Vestas unveils 15-MW offshore wind turbine with 115.5-meter-long blades

Industry’s largest rotor ups output by 65% versus 9.5 MW turbines, serial production for 2024.


BYK earns additive certification for rotor blade applications

The BYK-C 8001 coupling agent offers 60% improved mechanical strength, design freedom and universal application for glass fiber-reinforced epoxy resin systems.


SABIC LNP COLORCOMP compound enhances PET foam cores for wind turbine blades

Unfilled resin compounds decrease foam cell size and reduce resin uptake by the foam during manufacture for the creation of lighter, longer wind blades.


UMaine awarded $2.8 million to accelerate AM wind blade development 

Additive manufacturing with bio-based, 100% recyclable feedstocks reinforced with wood can reduce construction time by six months and cut costs by 25-50%


DecomBlades consortium awarded funding for a cross-sector wind turbine blade recycling project

A 10-partner consortium has received funding for a three-year R&D project aiming at commercialization of sustainable techniques for recycling wind blades.  


GE to supply 14-MW Haliade-X wind turbines to Dogger Bank Wind Farm

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.


Vestas wins 234 MW order for two U.S. projects

The projects consist of 58 wind turbines, with wind turbine delivery scheduled for the third and fourth quarter of 2021.

Glass Fibers

GE announces U.S. blade recycling contract with Veolia

Decommissioned composite wind turbine blades will be recycled into cement production to replace raw material needs, while still enabling a net-positive environmental impact.


Siemens Gamesa powers carbon-free future with green hydrogen

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.

Carbon Fibers

GE launches Cypress 6.0-164 onshore wind turbine

GE’s most powerful onshore wind turbine available, features two-piece carbon fiber blade for flexible logistic solutions, increases annual energy production by 11%.


Capital injection enables Fiberline Composite wind sector growth

ABN AMRO’s Energy Transition Fund acquired 34% of Fiberline shares, implements ambitious growth strategy for pultruded wind blades.


EIT InnoEnergy becomes Nabrawind shareholder

The investment in Nabrawind will boost several company projects, including its Nabrajoint modular blade technology.


The markets: Oil and gas (2021)

Composites continue to play a critical role in onshore hydraulic fracturing, and thermoplastic composites are on the rise for deepwater pipelines.

Glass Fibers

The markets: Renewable energy (2021)

Wind energy continues to dominate in this segment and remains the world’s largest market for glass fiber-reinforced composites.


NREL, Arkema research recyclable, thermoplastic composite wind turbine blades

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and partners aim to develop more sustainable, longer-lasting turbine blades that are less expensive to manufacture.


U.K. launches initiative for recyclable wind turbine blade technologies

The SusWIND initiative, addressing the recyclability and future development of composite wind turbine blades, will be delivered in three developments.


Vestas to acquire offshore business in joint venture

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.


Arkema wins Pierre Potier Prize for Elium thermoplastic resin

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 partnership with ZEBRA project commits to circular economy

Arkema’s Elium thermoplastic resins might be key to the project’s goal to design and produce the first 100% recyclable wind turbine blade. 


GE finalizes supply contract for Haliade-X 13 MW variant

The Dogger Bank wind farm will comprise of 190 units of the 13 MW Haliade-X wind turbine, due for completion by 2026. 


UT receives funding for wind turbine blades recycling technology

The university is developing a large-scale glass fiber composite recycling system as an end-of-life (EoL) solution for wind blades.


GE rolls out first turbine nacelle for 480 MW offshore wind farm

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.

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