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Composite applications news, July 2010

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the US Department of Defense (DoD) to accelerate innovation in renewable en

Zephyr solar aircraft achieves longest unmanned flight

The Zephyr solar powered high-altitude long endurance (HALE) unmanned air system (UAS) has set a new world record for the longest unmanned flight. In July,

The Farnborough International Airshow saw the unveiling of the BLOODHOUND SSC show car, a full size replica of the supersonic car which aims to set a new l

Fokker Landing Gear has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Goodrich Corporation to produce polymer composite landing gear drag braces for the Lockheed M

AgustaWestland says that its new AW169 multi-purpose helicopter benefits from extensive use of composites.

Wind turbine manufacturer REpower says its result for the first quarter (Q1) of fiscal 2010/2011 fell 29% to €204 million.

A grant of £250,000 to develop a fully submerged SeaGen tidal turbine for deep water sites, has been awarded to Marine Current Turbines Ltd and its project

UK wave and tidal power research is receiving £7 million in support from the Technology Strategy Board.

QinetiQ’s Zephyr solar powered high-altitude long endurance (HALE) unmanned air system (UAS) on Friday 23 July after 14 days and 24 minutes in the air.

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

A deterrence to adoption of composites in the maritime sector has been the issue of behaviour in fires. Researchers in Italy are investigating the benefici

Volkswagen (VW) and parts manufacturer MAHLE Filter Systems UK are using a glass fibre reinforced polypropylene (PP) composite from Borealis to produce air

Siemens energy, together with Prysmian, is to connect Nordsee-Ost offshore wind farm to the mainland power grid for the transmission system operator Transp

Gamesa will build three wind farms totalling 140.6 MW in the Castile-Leon region of Spain for Spanish wind power developer Esquilvent.

VS Vereinigte Spezialmöbelfabriken is using high strength structural parts made from Celstran long fibre reinforced polypropylene in its COMPASS school stu

Creative Pultrusions Inc has produced a pultruded structure to support solar panels on the roof of a restaurant in Delaware, USA.

Funding support from the Recovery Act will lower the cost of batteries for electric cars from US$33,000 to US$10,000, predicts a report from the US Departm

Offshore wind is taking off in Europe with 118 new offshore wind turbines being connected to the grid in the first half of 2010, according to the European

Alliant Techsystems has shipped its first composite components for the Airbus A350 XWB aircraft programme.

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has unveiled its Concept Plane at the 2010 Farnborough International Airshow, offering a glimpse of what aircraft could look l

GL Renewables Certification (GL) has updated its guidelines for onshore wind turbines and components.

At the Farnborough International Airshow today, Bombardier Aerospace announced that its CSeries aircraft programme is on schedule for entry into service in

Siemens Energy will supply 68, 2.3 MW wind turbines to SSE Renewables’ Griffin onshore wind farm in the Scottish Highlands.

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

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has made its international debut, landing at Farnborough Airport, UK, on 18 July, prior to the start of the Farnborough Internati

The Airbus A380 passenger aircraft and the A400M military airlifter will take part in flying displays at the 2010 Farnborough International Airshow.

Boeing forecasts a US$3.6 trillion market for new commercial aircraft over the next 20 years as world economies rebound and strong demand for new and repla

Virgin Galactic's VSS Enterprise (SpaceShipTwo) space craft has flown for the first time with crew on board.

Up to $500 million could be invested in Canadian renewable energy following a recent meeting in China, says Canadian Bioenergy Association (CanBio) Preside

An undesirable feature of composite structures is variability, even between copies of the same basic structure produced at different ship and boat yards. D

Siemens is establishing a wind energy joint venture (JV) with the Russian companies Rostechnologii and RusHydro where Siemens will retain the majority stak

The Coalition Government needs to act quickly and decisively to reaffirm Britain’s commitment to the development of offshore wind energy through confirming

Innovative Composites International Inc (ICI) has received a purchase order for a composite pedestrian bridge from Engineered Plastics Inc (EPI), a US spec

MCS is using an Araldite® hot curing epoxy system for the production of high strength, composite CNG tanks for performance and endurance vehicles.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner will make its international debut this month at the 2010 Farnborough International Airshow. Boeing will also display a range of u

Hexcel’s HexPly® unidirectional carbon fibre prepregs have been certified by Germanischer Lloyd (GL) for use in wind turbine blade applications.

The PlanetSolar composite catamaran will aim to circumnavigate the globe using solar power alone.

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has applied to the US Federal Government for a 25-year lease to develop a wind farm in the Atlantic Ocean.

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

The Solar Impulse HB-SIA is the first solar plane to have flown during the night.

Renewable energy could supply 97% of the European Union’s electricity supply by 2050, according to the study ‘Energy [R]evolution – Towards a Fully Renewab

Hungarian wind power has been hampered by grid connection issues, lead times and costs, but the new Government has ambitious plans to increase renewable en

GASTANK Sweden AB has developed composite compressed natural gas (CNG) storage tanks based on HiPer-tex™ high performance glass fibre from 3B.

Energy efficiency could have twice the impact of renewable energy, nuclear and clean coal combined, according to the Energy Efficiency Council of Australia

A new study from Frost & Sullivan reveals that Sweden has the highest potential market growth in Western Europe, and Poland is (and will continue to be) th

The Egypt Pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai features fire retardant glass reinforced plastic (GRP) parts made using Scott Bader resin and gel-coat.

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

“The Megacity Vehicle is a revolutionary automobile," says Klaus Draeger, Member of the BMW Board of Management for Development. "It will be the world’s fi

Spirit AeroSystems Inc has officially opened its new facility in Kinston, North Carolina (NC), USA, which will design and manufacture composite components

Renewable energies must generate almost half of the world’s power by 2050, up from the current level of 18%, says the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Advanced Composites Group Ltd (ACG) will be exhibiting its range of resin systems for use in aerospace, space and defence applications at the 2010 Farnboro

Hunan ZKenergy Wind Power Industrial Technology Co Ltd of China designs and manufactures affordable, small-scale wind turbines suitable for off-grid locati

In an effort to increase its carbon fibre business, Toho Tenax Co Ltd has announced a number of initiatives to strengthen its business in the global aerosp

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