WIND/ENERGY

Wind/Energy

Iberdrola plans first industrial-scale floating offshore wind farm in Spain

The 2,000-MW project is part of the 150 initiatives presented for Spanish industrial and employment transformation. Could generate 2,800+ jobs/year, involve 52 Spanish SMEs, with €1 billion investment.

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Assistant Editor, CompositesWorld

Wind/Energy

Vestas to consolidate Colorado footprint, reflects lower near-term market demand

Blades production consolidation across three Colorado facilities to strengthen Vestas’ Service and Construction setup and improve execution efficiency.
#vestas

Wind/Energy

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.
#outofautoclave #windblades

Thermoplastics

GE to research AM for wind turbine blades

Twenty-five-month project to couple low-cost thermoplastic skin with AM for high-performance wind blade designs to be used on large rotors.

Wind/Energy

Hydroelectric turbine blade design propelled by composites

Glass fiber composites power the development of a modular, spiral-shaped hydroelectric micro turbine blade for low-cost, high-efficiency renewable energy generation.
#focusondesign #sustainability

 Aeris Energy

CW Plant Tour: Aeris Energy, Caucaia, Brazil

This young, up-and-coming wind blade manufacturer was founded to serve the Brazilian wind energy market, but it’s poised to do much more.
#ndi #layup #windblades

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Videos / Podcasts

Aerospace

Episode 36: Dale Brosius and Uday Vaidya, IACMI

IACMI’s Dale Brosius and Uday Vaidya talk about the first five years of the organization, how it has evolved and what the future might hold as IACMI continues its quest to help drive composite materials and process growth.
#trends #iacmi #precursor

Wind/Energy

Kinetic NRG, ACS-A design composite hydro-electric turbine blade

The 1.5-meter composite blade will enable Kinetic NRG’s hydro-electric generator to generate power in Australian channels and streams at flow rates of two meters per second.
#sustainability

Automotive

National Composites Centre leads dismantlable joints research

Adhesive additive technology is reported to make composite parts easier to dismantle, maintain and recycle.
#trends #adhesives #sustainability

Wind/Energy

CSIRO: Developing higher-quality, higher-strength, lower-cost carbon fibers

SIROPAN precursor aims for >20% increase in carbon fiber properties with increased control via RAFT polymerization, FLOW processing and novel metrology.
#trends #sustainability #boeing

Aerospace

Composites Index contracts on weak backlogs

For February 2020, the Composites Index contracted slightly with a reading of 49.7.
#economics

Aerospace

Ducommun licenses WSU lightning strike protection for composite wind blades

New technology showed no damage after up to 8 lightning strikes and can be repaired in 20 minutes.
#windblades #sustainability

Construction

National Composites Centre unveils digital composites technologies

The U.K.’s National Composites Centre unveils new composites manufacturing technologies, marking the culmination of a two-year, £36.7m digitization project.
#ndi #wingoftomorrow #outofautoclave

Wind/Energy

Iberdrola plans first industrial-scale floating offshore wind farm in Spain

The 2,000-MW project is part of the 150 initiatives presented for Spanish industrial and employment transformation. Could generate 2,800+ jobs/year, involve 52 Spanish SMEs, with €1 billion investment.

Wind/Energy

Vestas to consolidate Colorado footprint, reflects lower near-term market demand

Blades production consolidation across three Colorado facilities to strengthen Vestas’ Service and Construction setup and improve execution efficiency.
#vestas

Wind/Energy

GE to research AM for wind turbine blades

Twenty-five-month project to couple low-cost thermoplastic skin with AM for high-performance wind blade designs to be used on large rotors.

Wind/Energy

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.
#vestas #windblades

Core

Sicomin GreenPoxy resins contribute to first NFC wind turbine nacelle

Sicomin’s bio-based resins, intumescent FR gelcoats and UV-resistant clear coatings meet stringent requirements for Greenboats’ 7.3-meter natural fiber composite nacelle.
#biomaterials #layup

Wind/Energy

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.
#windblades

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Wind/Energy

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.
#outofautoclave #windblades

Aerospace

E9 ultra-high-modulus glass fiber targets high-end applications

Compared to E-glass, Jushi’s E9 glass fiber boasts improved mechanical properties, including a 36% higher modulus and 60% higher strength.

Automotive

Kraibon elastomer improves adhesion and composite material properties

Gummiwerk KRAIBURG’s elastomer product protects against impact, directly adheres to materials, improves damping properties and more.
#adhesives

Carbon Fibers

Sino Polymer develops high-performance epoxy resin systems for prepreg applications

The one-component carbon fiber prepreg can be cured at 150ºC for 10 minutes, is suitable for structural parts requiring Tg within 120-140ºC and can be stored for up to 18 months at -18ºC
#layup

Carbon Fibers

Gurit features core materials, adhesives, resins, molds for wind, aerospace

Gurit is featuring its offerings and expertise for wind energy, composite tooling and lightweighting applications such as aerospace, rail, healthcare and marine. ​​​​​​
#regulation #workforcedevelopment #sustainability

Carbon Fibers

SAERTEX introduces glass, carbon fiber fabrics for wind blades, marine

The company is launching a range of new glass and carbon fiber materials for wind turbine rotor blades, boatbuilding and more.
#windblades #outofautoclave