Navigant Research report evaluates demand for wind-turbine blade materials

The rapid pace of research and development for wind blades, manufacturing processes, and advanced materials is enabling stronger and longer blades, making wind turbines more efficient, increasing turbine annual energy production, and lowering the cost of energy from wind power plants. This is a massive market by total revenue and the sheer volume of material,

MidAmerican Energy to retrofit GE turbines and bring wind cost savings to Iowa

MidAmerican Energy Company is set to upgrade hundreds of its older wind turbines, bringing additional wind energy and cost savings to Iowa customers. The equipment upgrades will move MidAmerican Energy closer to its vision of providing renewable energy equal to 100% of its customers’ annual energy use. MidAmerican Energy recently received approval from the Iowa

Sandia snags five awards at 2017 Federal Laboratory Consortium, including one for 3D printing of sub-scale turbine blades

Sandia National Laboratories won a total of five awards from the 2017 Federal Laboratory Consortium for its work to develop and commercialize innovative technologies. The annual FLC awards program recognizes federal laboratories and their industry partners for outstanding technology transfer achievements. The consortium’s Mid-Continent and Far West regions recognized a few of Sandia’s advancements including

Hexion’s new large-volume resin packaging reduces waste & transport costs for the wind industry

Hexion Stuttgart has introduced the Hexi-Bag packaging system, a new large-volume resin package designed specifically for the wind energy industry. The new packaging format was developed for Hexion’s epoxy adhesive resins and associated hardeners. It provides wind blade manufacturers with several efficiencies and cost advantages. The capacity of the new Hexi-Bag is 900 to 1,000

Composites Institute unveils composite recycling project

End-of-life composites have a perception of being inferior to competing materials in terms of cradle-to-cradle sustainability because they are difficult to recycle or reuse.

GE unveils its largest onshore wind turbine yet

GE Renewable Energy unveiled its brand-new 4.8–158 onshore wind turbine, GE’s largest high-efficiency turbine to date. Featuring the largest rotor in the segment and innovative blade design, the 4.8-158 offers a significant improvement in Annual Energy Production (AEP), reducing the cost of energy for customers with low to medium wind speed sites. The new 4.8-MW

EDPR and TRC launch new wind-turbine blade recycling program

The management of wind energy waste is a slow but growing concern in the industry. This waste does not yet stand at significant volumes as the wind business has only been developed fairly recently. However, to address the concern of managing this non-hazardous waste going forward, EDP Renewables, a global provider in the renewables’ sector and

Vestas wins 100-MW turnkey order to further wind development in India

Leveraging Vestas’ extensive experience from more than 100 turnkey projects across the globe, the order includes delivery, installation, and commissioning of 50 V110-2.0-MW turbines, as well as the project’s civil and electrical works. The order follows the inauguration of Vestas’ blade factory in Gujarat and the 54-MW Periyapatti order earlier this year, adding to Vestas’

An outlook on drones in the North American wind-power market

Research and Markets has released their latest report, entitled “Drones (UAVs) in Wind Power Industry North America Market Outlook 2017 – 2026” . The report analyzes the North American market for drone (UAV) applications in wind power, particularly in regards to market dynamics, technology characteristics, industry structure, innovations, and key industry vendors. Through extensive research and discussions

Composites One to offer live demos at CAMX 2017

Composites One and the Closed Mold Alliance, along with more than 20 industry and educational partners, will demo the latest composites processes and share practical tips for working smarter, faster and more efficiently live at the Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX). CAMX 2017 takes place September 11 to 14 in Orlando, FL. The Composites