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Composites news, July 2009

Bayer MaterialScience LLC will receive a US$750 000 grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to support the development of composite technologies to pr

Staff at the Vestas wind turbine blade factory on the Isle of Wight has started an occupation of the factory in response to Vestas’ plans to cut 1900 jobs

The second quarter of 2009 presented the expected slowdown in wind energy project activity as banks underwent stress tests, governments reshuffled budgets

Hexcel Corporation reports net sales of US$277.3 million for the second quarter of 2009, 22.9% down on the 2008 second quarter. Sales to the commercial aer

International Solar Energy Society (ISES) member Dieter Holm attended the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA)'s 8th World Wind Energy Conference & Exhibit

juwi is to set up its first large-scale wind farm on US soil in south-eastern Nebraska.

German wind turbine maker Nordex has begun construction of a US$100 million manufacturing facility in Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA. It is expected to start pro

China could become a major player in wind energy – not just in instalment, but also in producing wind turbines and components, according to a report from a

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has announced several funding opportunities over the last week including up to US$22 million for community renewable ener

NetComposites Ltd has developed a series of training courses for the composites industry.

Vestas will supply a total of 75 MW of wind turbines to a large Chinese Independent Power Producer (IPP).

RWE npower renewables' Rhyl Flats Offshore Wind Farm started generating renewable wind energy at the North Wales coast, UK, early July.

England is behind on meeting its 2010 target of generating 10% of electricity from renewable sources, according to a report from the British Wind Energy As

The prototype Solar Impulse HB-SIA aircraft was recently unveiled. This carbon composite, solar powered craft is believed to be the first aircraft that wil

Three reports published over the last month dismiss the variability of wind as an obstacle to large scale deployment of wind energy, says the British Wind

T. Boone Pickens is scrapping plans for his 1000 MW windfarm in Pampa, Texas, USA, due to lack of transmission lines, and is instead planning three to four

Owens Corning is expanding capacity to produce technical fabrics at its facilities in China and India in order to support its wind blade fabrication custom

The Danish, German and Spanish governments have helped Egypt set up the 360 MW Zafarana windfarm near the Gulf of Suez.

The World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) has published an updated forecast for worldwide wind installations in the year 2009 predicting a 25% growth in win

German wind turbine manufacturer Nordex has won a 80 MW contract to supply turbines for a wind farm in Turkey.

GE Global Research and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a carbon composites manufacturing Ce

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 generated more than US$2 billion in stimulus funding for US drinking water infrastructure projects. Thou

European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has signed a cooperation agreement with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on research into composite mate

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut (WKI) in Braunschweig, Germany, have developed a method of detecting defects in composite wind turb

The REpower MM92 wind power plants, each with a rated power of 2.05 megawatts (MW) and a hub height of 80 metres, are intended for five wind farms projects

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