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

TPI to manufacture wind blades for Senvion using proprietary RodPack technology

TPI Composites, a manufacturer of composite wind blades, has signed a multi-year supply agreement with Senvion to provide blades from two manufacturing lines for wind markets including Asia, Australia, and South America. The blades will be produced at TPI’s facility in Taicang Port, Jiangsu province, China with production planned to commence in Q1 2018. The

Altitec partners with Nordex for end-of-warranty blade inspections

Blade inspection and maintenance specialist, Altitec, has completed end-of-warranty (EOW) blade inspections at the Amakhala Wind Farm in South African’s Eastern Cape. The inspections were undertaken in partnership with Nordex Energy South Africa. Under the terms of the contract, Altitec carried out EOW inspections on 54 turbines, each with a height of 91 m. Inspection