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

Kett double-cut shears extend material usage and reduce costs

Kett Tool’s KL-200 Double-Cut Shears help manufacturers and contractors conserve materials and cut costs. The shears deliver precision cuts in C.R. mild steel, stainless steel, plastic and Formica without warping or bending the original material or the finished piece. “The KL-200 allows for ease of operation without damaging the final product,” said Kathy Conlon, president

Italy’s construction equipment manufacturer MAIT designs and certifies a wind turbine

Fabrizio Sardella, The MAIT Wind Division MAIT S.p.A. Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona In Europe, MAIT is a well known manufacturer of construction equipment such as drilling machines for foundations. As a consequence of internal feasibility studies and evaluations developed in 2008 and 2009, the company decided to enter in the wind-energy business as wind-turbine

Moventas opens multi-brand gearbox service workshop in Minnesota

Moventas, one of the leading wind gear manufacturers and service providers, is expanding its network of high-quality wind gearbox service centers in North America by opening a service workshop in St Paul, Minnesota. With the addition of St Paul, Moventas is now within a day drive from nearly all of the installed North America fleet