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Composites news, April 2010

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.

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.

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

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Eastern Petrochemical Company (EPETCO) has signed a loan contract for 200 million Saudi riyals (US$54 million) from the Saudi Industrial Development Fund (

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

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.

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

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.

3B is launching a new pultrusion mat that is said to produce parts with more uniform colours, high gloss and low surface waviness, as well as high mechanic

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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.

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

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

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

The first major solar facility in India will be used to power a stadium to be used in this year’s Commonwealth Games.

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.

A solar powered airplane has taken its first major test flight from an airfield in western Switzerland.

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.

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.

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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

Ragasco AS, a producer of composite LPG containers in Norway, is in the process of acquiring Composite Scandinavia AB, a Swedish company which also produce

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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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