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Composite applications news, March 2010

The global wind industry posted another record year in 2009, as cumulative installed wind power capacity grew to 158,000 MW.

Boeing completes 787 ultimate-load wing test

Boeing has completed the ultimate-load wing up-bending test on the 787 Dreamliner static test unit.

A US think tank says creating ‘competitive renewable energy zones’ would be a solution to raise the private investment that is needed to update transmissio

Siemens will invest £80 million to develop an offshore wind turbine production facility in the UK.

The ASTM has approved a new standard addressing the tension testing of composite materials externally bonded to concrete and other structural materials for

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The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) predict that a new facility will support €1 billion of renewable energy and energy efficienc

China has moved steadily to prevent foreign participation in its renewable energy market, which will have a negative impact on the renewable energy industr

The New York State Public Service Commission has approved US$279 million over five years for renewable energy projects, part of the state’s Renewable Portf

Small business in the United States received 23% of the federal funding for renewable energy support, more than any other sector.

New York governor David Paterson has awarded US$24 million in American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding to 206 renewable energy and energy effici

Wales has the potential to generate twice its electricity demand from renewable energy sources within 15 years, according to environment minister Jane Davi

Indian tribes in the US can combat climate change by creating jobs through the development of renewable energy facilities, says a report from the National

At the WindPower 2010 exhibition in May, WebCore Technologies LLC will be showing its TYCOR® W core material, which is designed to reduce total cost and we

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and 3M have signed agreements on renewable energy research.

GE will invest €110 million to develop offshore wind turbine manufacturing facilities in the UK.

BROETJE Automation GmbH is introducing an automated handling system for fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) composites.

Advanced Composites Group Ltd (ACG) says its HTM®143 cyanate ester and MTM®44-1 epoxy resin systems are suitable for use in satellite and other space appli

Triumph Group Inc has signed an agreement to purchase Vought Aircraft Industries Inc from private equity firm The Carlyle Group.

Renewable energy consultancy Garrad Hassan has updated its wind farm design software, GH WindFarmer 4.1.

The European Union must engage all levels of society to support renewable energy, if it is to meet its commitment of 20% from renewable energy by 2020.

Scotland could create 60,000 green jobs by 2020 in low-carbon and renewable energy industries, according to the Scottish Government.

Competitive athletes looking for every possible reduction in weight can now invest in swimming goggles featuring frames made from carbon fibre reinforced

For the second successive year, UK composite marine engineers Tods Defence have received the ‘Suppliers Excellence Award’ from Raytheon Integrated Defence

Lightweight materials such as composites are vital to the success of electric and hybrid vehicles to offset the added weight of their batteries.

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Highly reinforced polyamide (PA) has been chosen over steel, aluminium and glass mat reinforced thermoplastic (GMT) to manufacture the spare wheel recess o

The UK New and Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) has opened its 27 m tall wind turbine training tower at its facilities in Blyth, Northumberland.

Australian advanced materials company Quickstep Holdings Ltd has signed a Manufacturing License Agreement (MLA) with global security company Northrop Grumm

A California-based wind energy developer has acquired a 283 MW wildlife-friendly wind farm along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico in southern Texas.

Strongwell’s pultruded glass reinforced plastic (GRP) EXTREN® structural shapes have been used to replace wooden screening structures at The Vintage Club,

A mapping service allowing visual comparison of renewable energy statistics in Europe is now available from the specialist search engine for renewable ener

Half of the US companies which currently do not support renewable energy are considering options to generate or buy renewable energy, or at least to purcha

The solution to energy and climate change challenges lies in developing low-carbon sources of renewable energy, rather than reducing energy use, according

Borealis’ Nepol™ GB215HP, a long glass fibre reinforced polypropylene, has enabled BMW to develop a 20% lighter dashboard carrier for its 7 Series cars.

As part of a project partially funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE), Bayer MaterialScience LLC is researching the potential use of polyurethane comp

A bipartisan group of state governors want President Obama and Congress to adopt a set of recommendations that will develop wind energy across the United S

Wind energy employed 550,000 people at the end of last year and will employ 670,000 by the end of 2010, predicts the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA).

AAR Corporation has been selected by Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast, to design and manufacture composite flap track fairings for the wings of Bombardier's n

Marine energy such as wave and tidal could provide up to 16,000 jobs in the UK, according to the UK Government’s new Marine Energy Action Plan.

Imperium Inc's Acoustocam i600 handheld ultrasound camera will be tested by Bell Helicopter in a project to develop non-destructive inspection (NDI) techni

Construction work on the Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm, UK, began on 9 March.

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The European Union will surpass its target to consume 20% of its energy from renewable energy sources by 2020, according to national forecasts submitted by

The US wind industry, through the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), has called on Congress to pass a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) t

The California Energy Commission (CEC) says its US$90 million ‘Clean Energy Manufacturing Program’ will strengthen the state’s leadership in clean and rene

Northrop Grumman Corporation is teaching Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc (TAI)'s engineers how to build the complex composite structures used in the F-35

The Government of Australia has released its first national Energy Resource Assessment, concluding that wind energy and other renewable energy sources are

Carbon fibre supplier Zoltek has been named 2009 Supplier of the Year by Vestas Blades AS, the blade manufacturing division of wind turbine maker Vestas Wi

A study in North Carolina suggests that solar and wind energy could supply 94% of the electricity needs in the state.

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has offered a conditional commitment on a US$117 million loan guarantee to finance construction of a 30 MW wind energy pr

Catamaran Cruisers has started using AOC’s new Eco-Tek™ styrene-free resin in the production of its houseboats.

Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) has purchased three machines from MAG Industrial Automation Systems to support production of its MS-21 series co

GKN Aerospace's new £14.8 million facility forms part of the Environmental Lightweight Fan (ELF) programme, which aims to prove high-rate production proces

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RenewableUK (formerly BWEA) says 2 GW of wave and tidal could be installed in the UK by 2020, but that further Government investment is needed.

Simulation software supplier ESI Group has initiated the INFUCOMP European Research Consortium, in which 14 partners will aim to simulate liquid composites

As the result of a contract with new Chinese customer Envision, LM Glasfiber is establishing its fourth wind turbine blade manufacturing facility in China.

Airliner Oman Air has awarded a US$2.6 million contract to Spatial Composite Solutions, the Dubai-based manufacturer of crew training equipment, for two ne

Iberdrola Renovables will base an offshore wind division in Glasgow, Scotland, to promote wind energy projects that will amount to 10 GW of capacity.

According to researchers at Ashland Performance Materials, epoxy vinyl ester resins can improve the economics and speed of wind turbine blade manufacture c

The award winning Lotus Evora provides the basis of the carbon design concept unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show this week. The car features a carbon fibre,

The UK Government has announced a new strategy to make UK homes more energy efficient and increase use of renewable energy.

TenCate Advanced Armor USA has won vehicle and personal protection armour contracts amounting to approximately US$25 million, with a contract option that c

The state of Massachusetts has launched a new financing plan that will support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects at state buildings, saving m

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