IBISWorld Industry Market Research: U.S. wind turbine manufacturing could earn $10.5 billion in 2016

The federal renewable energy production tax credit (PTC) subsidizes energy producers based on the amount of renewable energy they generate.

A better way to check weld quality

Traditional weld quality inspection methods struggle with lighting issues, speed, and the harsh environments.

TPI Composites extends supply agreement with Nordex in Turkey

TPI Composites, Inc., the largest U.S.-based independent manufacturer of composite wind blades, announced that it has extended and expanded its long-term agreement with Nordex to continue to supply wind blades from its existing Izmir, Turkey manufacturing facility through 2020. Annual volume is also being increased as a result of TPI’s improvements in cycle time and

BÜFA Composite Systems evaluates wind-power market in Brazil

As a traditional manufacturer of specialties for the composites market, the German company BÜFA Composite Systems has an extensive experience in supplying systems – polyester and vinyl-ester resins, gelcoats, topcoats, and bonding pastes – for the wind power industry. All this know-how may soon be also available in Brazil, according to Jose Moralejo, regional business

Suzlon opens new Blade Science Center in Denmark

Global renewable energy provider, Suzlon Group, has announced the opening of its new Blade Science Center in Vejle, Denmark. The new center is focused on developing quality blades and control systems, while integrating Suzlon’s aerodynamic, loads, and new structures research across the company. “The new blade center is aligned to our vision of being the technology

Lincoln Electric investing $30 million in new welding tech center in Euclid, Ohio

Investment to Establish Lincoln Electric as the Standard in Welding Education The Lincoln Electric Company, has announced it is investing about $30 million in a new Welding Technology Center on its Euclid, Ohio campus.  The Center will focus on the training of welding educators and industry leaders to address the rising demand for welding education

A few thoughts on manufacturing in the 21st century

These comments are from the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, David Danielson. It’s no secret that American manufacturing took it in the teeth in recent decades. After a steep decline in the 2000’s, when 40% of all large U.S. factories closed their doors, American manufacturing is making a comeback, adding jobs at its fastest

HELUKABEL holds ground-breaking ceremony for expansion of manufacturing plant in Germany

HELUKABEL, a global cable manufacturer, recently held a ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a new expansion at its manufacturing plant in Windsbach, Germany. Once completed in the fall of 2016, the new building will offer more than 96,875-sq. ft. of additional office, laboratory, and production space. The expansion also allows HELUKABEL to combine its

How are companies keeping production costs downs as blade sizes increase?

  Blades are getting longer as developers demand more power from current turbine platforms. To move the trend along, the Department of Energy recently offered up $1.8 million dollars in funding for the development of 60-m long (or more) wind-turbine blades on turbines that stretch over 120 m from base to hub. The challenge for blade-manufacturing

Why are composites of interest to the wind industry, and how are they made?

The wind industry is interested in composites because it allows manufacturing large yet light structures such as the nacelle housing and long blades. Demand in the U.S. composites market is expected to grow at 6.6% annually, reaching $10.3 billion by 2019. “High-performance composites consist of carbon, Kevlar, or glass fibers impregnated with a resin and