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Composite applications news, September 2009

Compounding specialist TechnoCompound of Bad Sobernheim, Germany has expanded its portfolio of TechnoFiber long glass fibre (LGF) reinforced polypropylene

The fall in orders for wind energy in 2009 will affect revenues in 2010, analyst Frost & Sullivan predicts.

REpower Systems has erected the first of a total of 6 REpower 5M, 5 MW wind turbines for the alpha ventus offshore wind farm test field.

In a project to improve the protection of UK armed forces serving in Afghanistan, phenolic prepreg materials from Advanced Composites Group (ACG) Ltd are b

Renewable energy consultancy, Natural Power, and the Danish national laboratory for sustainable energy, Risø DTU, have installed ZephIR in the rotating spi

Total construction spending in the USA on an annual basis is expected to fall 12% this year and 4% in 2010, according to IHS Global Insight.

A £5 million project to develop and demonstrate a monitoring system that could reduce the cost of generating electricity from offshore wind farms in the UK

Advanced Composites Group (ACG) has added a new adhesive system and a surface improvement film to its range of out of autoclave products.

SP, the marine business of Gurit, has supplied composite materials for the C-Boat superyacht tender, which was officially launched at Monaco Yacht Show las

Underground pipe repair technology that uses ultraviolet (UV) light has helped preserve an historic home near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

With the rapid decline of available credit and investor confidence, 2009 has not been the best year for the global wind power industry. However, the sector

Magneti Marelli has chosen a Rhodia glass fibre reinforced polyamide to produce the air intake manifold and the fuel rail of the Citroën C4 and the C5 2l b

At a White House meeting to discuss the American Recovery Act, US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Energy Secretary Steven Chu hosted a group of renewab

Siemens has released a 3.6 MW wind turbine featuring a 120 m rotor diameter. The SWT-3.6-120 wind turbine is based on the SWT-3.6-107 offshore wind turbine

GE has acquired ScanWind, a developer of both advanced drive train and control wind turbine technologies aimed at offshore deployment.

Schat-Harding has set a new world record for a lifeboat free fall drop by launching its FF1200 model, which is built from sandwich composites, from a heigh

AOC's Vipel® vinyl ester resins are now available for shipment from manufacturing facilities in Europe.

Advanced materials company Hexcel has purchased two robotic testing systems from Zwick Roell, in response to the growing demand for more extreme environmen

Wind energy applications are being targeted by honeycomb materials manufacturer nidaplast.

In its 2009 market update for commercial aircraft, Boeing forecasts a requirement for 3770 new aircraft for the China region over the next 20 years, valued

McLaren Automotive has unveiled its new high performance sports car, the McLaren MP4-12C. The car is based around a carbon fibre composite chassis: the Car

Gamesa is supplying 26 of its G87, 2 MW wind turbines to ENEL Unión Fenosa Renovables (EUFER) for two windfarms in Spain.

Cytec Engineered Materials (CEM) and Mitsubishi Rayon Co Ltd (MRC) have announced a strategic business collaboration to develop carbon fibre reinforced com

BP is selling off its wind power interests in India for 4.622 billion Rupees (~US$95 million), but says it will continue to focus on wind in the USA.

UK Energy and Climate Secretary Ed Miliband, has said the world’s biggest wind turbine blades will be made in the UK as he announced grants for three offsh

UK firm Solomon has introduced structural bonding to the design of its refrigerated trucks, eliminating the use of mechanical fixings.

Vestas’ V112, 3 MW offshore wind turbine model is said to be optimised for the conditions at sea and “can generate more power than any other turbine in the

A five-axis multi-processing system for the machining and finishing of large parts such as wind blades and boat hulls is being introduced by MAG.

Futuristic automotive firm Riversimple has used epoxy prepregs from Advanced Composites Group Ltd (ACG) to form the body shell and bonnet of its new urban

Italian car maker Lamborghini will display its new Murciélago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce model at the COMPOSITES EUROPE trade fair in Stuttgart next month.

Mitsubishi and Peugeot Citroën have signed an agreement in Paris to jointly develop an electric car for the European market.

Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc (TAI) has purchased VISTAGY’s FiberSIM® software to streamline the design-to-manufacturing process of complex composite pa

Organisers of the prominent global renewable energy awards report that nominations are reflecting the structural changes to clean energy markets…

US-based carbon fibre supplier Zoltek and wind turbine blade designer Global Blade Technology (GBT) of the Netherlands are joining forces to promote the de

Risk management company Det Norske Veritas (DNV) is launching class notation for offshore wind turbine installation units based on DNV’s Offshore Service S

Swedish forestry and timber product company Södra and Norwegian energy company Statkraft have signed a SEK 10 billion (~€1bn) agreement of intent on renewa

E.ON Climate and Renewables (EC&R) North America has confirmed the completion of its Panther Creek wind farm, one of the 10 largest in the USA.

A project to expand the wastewater treatment facility in Denton, Texas, USA, is employing composite pipe in the manufacture of its sewer line.

Lectra and AB-Inventech have signed a cooperation agreement to promote automated production solutions for the wind energy and aerospace markets.

The US$2.2 million Zayed Future Energy Prize awarded every year for innovation, long-term vision and leadership in renewable energy and technologies is ope

Vestas has received an order for a total of 24m V90 2.0 MW wind turbines and 16 units of the V90 1.8 MW wind turbine for three projects in Spain.

Oxford City Council – and former Renewable Energy Focus editor Paul Spencer - have revealed plans for a £3m wind turbine development on council land in the

Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has approved AGY's S-1 Glass™ glass rovings for use in wind turbine blade applications.

PPG Industries is introducing HYBON 2026 glass fibre roving for use in composite wind turbine blades and other applications.

UK Secretary of Energy and Climate Change, Ed Miliband, has proposed to address the way power plants are connected to the UK’s power grid in the hope of ge

US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Energy Secretary Steven Chu have announced US$502 million in the first round of awards from an American Recovery and

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