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Composite applications news, April 2010

Japanese carbon fibre producer Toray Industries Inc and German car maker Daimler AG have signed a joint development agreement (JDA) to develop automotive p

Wind energy installations slow in Q1

The US wind industry installed 539 MW in the first quarter of 2010, the lowest first quarter figure since 2007.

New renewable energy projects in the first quarter of 2010 increased 250% in terms of value to US$224 billion compared to Q1 2009, according to the EIC’s q

Indian Energy Ltd has closed project finance with State Bank of India for its 16.5 MW wind farm at Theni in Tamil Nadu, India.

Vestas has entered agreements with EDP Renováveis and four Chinese power producers for the delivery of up to 2298 MW of wind turbines.

The US Department of the Interior (DoI) has approved the first US offshore wind farm – the Cape Wind project – off the coast of Massachusetts.

The UK offshore wind industry has reached 1 GW of installed capacity as two offshore wind farms off the coast of Britain began generating electricity: Robi

Vestas saw a €82 million loss after tax in the first quarter (Q1) of 2010 compared to a profit of €56m in Q1 2009.

Boeing has begun a series of extreme weather tests on its 787 Dreamliner aircraft in Florida.

Small wind power in China could reach 3-10 GW of installed capacity in 2010 if a set of measures laid out by a small wind roadmap for China.

Skykon A/S has acquired facilities of 100,000 m2 at the former Lindoe shipyard in Denmark for the development offshore wind products for projects in the No

The following stories were the most popular with visitors to the Reinforced Plastics website last week.

GKN Aerospace is working with Airbus to design and build the fixed trailing edge (FTE) of the composite wings for the new A350 XWB aircraft.

SGL Kümpers, together with EADS Innovation Works (IW) and Airbus Operations GmbH, has invented a highly automated process for the production of preforms fo

The Tûranor PlanetSolar composite catamaran will aim to sail around the world powered only by solar energy.

Central and Eastern and Europe (CEE) is boosting its renewable energy market making it attractive for investors and suppliers, according to analysts Frost

Wind energy could meet 50% of the EU’s electricity demand in 2050, according to speakers at the European Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition (EWEC 2010)

REpower Systems AG will deliver 44 wind turbines to Al Yel ELektrik, a subsidiary of Akuo Energy SAS, for a Turkish wind project.

Zoltek Companies Inc is forming a new subsidiary, called Zoltek Automotive Inc, to speed up the development of high-volume applications for carbon fibres w

DIAB has announced that it has reached an agreement with Gurit, producer of Corecell M-Foam, that Gurit shall remove all comparisons and references to DIAB

Composite panels are being used in the contemporary design of Sheraton Hotel currently under construction Milan Malpensa Airport in Italy.

Composite materials specialist Gurit and Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW) have signed a memorandum of understanding to extend their cooperation in the area of

Wind turbine blade manufacturer LM Glasfiber has changed its name to LM Wind Power.

Lockheed Martin will deliver a long-range air surveillance radar system to the UK overcoming sensor performance issues commonly caused by the rotating blad

DSM is introducing two bio-based resins for the automotive industry – a bio-based thermoset resin for producing vehicle body panels, and a bio-based thermo

Siemens Energy is launching its SWT-3.0-101 3 MW direct drive wind turbine.

WinWinD’s delivery of a 24 MW wind farm to Aseri, Estonia, has been confirmed.

‘Roadmap 2050: a practical guide to a prosperous, low-carbon Europe’ outlining various scenarios for renewable energy in Europe, has been published by the

China took the lead from the United States last year for clean energy finance and investment, although the USA still leads in renewable energy capacity.

Countries in East Asia can minimise greenhouse gas emissions without threatening their growth by using renewable energy, according to a new report from the

Cytec Industries Inc's Engineered Materials division has been recognised as Supplier of the Year by The Boeing Company.

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Owens Corning says its Composites App Challenge is designed find new applications for composite materials. Total competition prize money of US$250 000 is a

Glasgow-based measurement and testing specialist, TUV NEL, and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to assist the growth of the UK’s wind ene

Global standards for wave and tidal power devices are being developed by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC).

Windstream Wolfe Island Shoals Inc will develop Canada’s first offshore wind farm.

Oil giant BP says it will spend over US$1 billion in 2010 on alternative and renewable energy.

The EU can switch to 100% renewable energy by 2050, according to RE-Thinking 2050, a report from the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC).

Global wind power capacity could increase by 160% over the next five years, according to the Global Wind Energy Council’s (GWEC) annual wind industry forec

Ocean Power Technologies Inc has won a US$1.5 million award from the US Department of Energy (DoE) for the development of OPT's next generation PowerBuoy®

Platina Partners LLP is buying 52 MW of the 140 MW Fruges wind farms in Pas de Calais, France, worth €71.3 million.

StrutTech, a US manufacturer of reinforced plastic strut support systems, is trading in its pultruded strut channels made of vinyl ester and polyester for

MISTRAS Group Inc has delivered two ultrasonic immersion systems for inspection of carbon composite components to HITCO Carbon Composites Inc.

The US Navy and the US Department of Agriculture have launched a partnership to promote the use of renewable energy.

GDF SUEZ has completed the construction of its first UK wind farm project at Craigengelt, near Stirling, in Scotland.

Hexion Specialty Chemicals Inc has opened its new epoxy resin plant in Esslingen, Germany. It produces epoxy resins and bonding pastes used in the manufact

Eneco UK Ltd has received the rights to develop a 51 MW wind farm on the Lochluichart Estate in the Scottish Highlands from Infinergy, which has developed

DONG Energy has submitted a binding tender to build a 400 MW offshore wind farm outside Denmark.

Boeing has announced that all test requirements were successfully met during the 787 Dreamliner’s ultimate load wing and fuselage bending test. This follow

Composites manufacturer Janicki Industries provided tooling for most of the carbon fibre components of the BMW ORACLE Racing yacht – the winner of the 33rd

Siemens will deliver 208 MW worth of wind turbines to two wind projects – one in Germany and one in Canada.

REpower will deliver 15 wind turbines to Poland and 18 wind turbines to Italy, totalling 67.65 MW.

VISTAGY Inc has announced that Sinomatech Wind Power Blade Co Ltd of China has purchased its FiberSIM® composites engineering software to help streamline i

The US wind energy industry employs 85,000 people, according to the annual industry market report released by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

The USA has made US$37.5 million available over the next five years to support the US-China Clean Energy Research Center for research into clean and renewa

WindWinD says its new wind turbine facility, based in Hamina, Finland will produce 3 MW wind turbines and increase its total capacity potential tenfold.

Pattern Energy Group LP and Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board have entered into a 27-year power purchase agreement for the 138 MW St. Joseph wind farm in the M

Vestas has announced three wind turbine supply deals to the USA, Australia and Turkey over recent weeks totalling up to 460 MW.

Australia must invest billions in renewable energy over the next decade to achieve its 2020 target of lower GHG emissions, according to Siemens.

Lewcott Corporation's FM5LF polyester prepreg is designed for tubular radome applications. It is currently being used in high performance antennae radomes

Testing of the Bombardier CSeries aircraft’s composite demonstrator wing is under way. The new aircraft is scheduled to enter service in 2013.

The UK Government has pledged £4 million to a partnership to fund a new radar system for the Greater Wash to address wind turbine interference.

Carbon composites are being used to strengthen the West Gate Bridge in Melbourne, Australia.

Carbon fibre producer SGL Group and car maker BMW Group have announced that their joint venture, SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers LLC, will build a carbon fibr

The Governor of Virginia has signed renewable energy legislation aiming to make the state ‘the energy capital of the east coast.’

The Renewables Obligation in Britain should be replaced with a carbon price, says the Institute of Directors (IoD) in its response to a government consulta

VISTAGY Inc has announced that aerospace company BAE Systems has upgraded to its FiberSIM® 2009 composites engineering software as it migrates from the CAT

Consumption of all renewable energies in the United States last year increased by 5.5% over 2008 levels.

The Teijin Group has unveiled a 'super-lightweight' electric concept car made with proprietary technologies including carbon fibre composites, polycarbonat

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“Intractable by design, therefore significantly challenging to recycle,” is Jan-Michael Gosau’s assessment of the technological task of reclaiming carbon f

Resin Systems Inc's RStandard® polyurethane composite utility poles have withstood a direct hit by a tornado in Texas and weathered the harsh conditions of

The following stories were the most popular with visitors to the Reinforced Plastics website during the month of March.

A US$1.1 million grant by the Ohio Third Frontier Advanced Energy Program is funding a research project to fabricate composite wind turbine towers from res

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