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Materials news, November 2009

The world’s first wind park with 7 MW wind turbines has opened in Belgium, using largest units ever placed into operation to generate electricity.

Bombardier Aerospace has started construction of its new facility in Belfast, Northern Ireland, for the manufacture of the composite wing for its CSeries a

REpower Systems AG has signed a framework contract with EDF Energies Nouvelles and RES Canada comprises the delivery of up to 954 MW for five wind farm pro

A report on net metering and interconnection practices that could enable renewable energy adoption across the United States, has given top marks to Califor

Researchers at the University of Bristol in the UK aim to make use of a much wider range of vibrations from the environments we live and work in than is cu

Vestas has decided to make it as simple and easy as possible for pupils, students, teachers, and others to learn about wind power and the energy challenges

Knight & Carver Wind Group, a wind turbine blade repair, service and fabrication firm, has entered into a long-term blade service agreement for the North A

167 large filters with composite housings manufactured by Appalachian Plastics Inc have been supplied to the Atlantis The Palm resort in Dubai by Neptune-B

E.ON has opened its Stony Creek wind farm in Western Pennsylvania at the site of a former coal mine.

Ametek Foundry Products has partnered with Comanche Technologies, a leader in metal filtration casting applications, in developing Cerra-Flex®, an innovati

US powder giant Hoeganaes Corporation has appointed Michael L Marucci as director of Research and Development reporting to the company’s president, Dave Ka

The Modal Shop, Inc has developed a resonant acoustic method called NDT-RAM which detects internal and external flaws in metal injection moulded (MIM) part

VISTAGY Inc, provider of the FiberSIM® composites engineering software, has entered a strategic partnership with Maxoft Inc, a Korean supplier of virtual p

The UK government has announced a £22 million investment to advance the development of composite materials as part of its new UK Composites Strategy publis

The Department of Energy (DoE) will fund US$18 million to support small business innovation research, development and deployment of clean and renewable ene

Funding to the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) Investment Plan in South Africa will allow the country to move towards its goal of 4% of electricity from renewa

Lincoln Composites Inc has completed the required testing on its TITAN™ tank designed for the bulk transportation of compressed natural gas (CNG).

The European Investment Bank (EIB) will provide €100 million to Pakistan and another €170m to Iceland, to finance renewable energy projects.

Boeing has held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of the second final assembly site for the 787 Dreamliner aircraft programme at

Portugese wind energy developer EDP Renewables will devote US$4 billion to build new wind farms in the United States through 2012, following US$1.5bn of ne

Renewable Energy Systems Canada will develop a wind farm in southwestern Ontario, in partnership with a major Canadian gas company.

Kayak manufacturers Hangzhou Epic Boat Co Ltd, China, and Nelo M.A.R. Kayaks Lda, Portugal, are now using the latest polyester ‘epoxy bonding’ spray gel-co

The levelised costs for solar energy will drop 50% in 2009, while the pre-subsidy cost for other renewable energy technologies will decline by 10%, accordi

Wind turbine blade maker LM Glasfiber has announced plans to phase out large scale manufacturing at two factories in Denmark and one in Spain, while contin

More than half a million residential and 20,000 commercial customers purchased 13 TWh of certified renewable energy last year, according to the Center for

Clemson University in South Carolina will receive US$45 million from the federal government to develop a wind energy test facility that will enhance the pe

Materials testing systems manufacturer Zwick is offering a patented new fixture for the testing of fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) composites.

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

Advanced Composites Group Ltd (ACG) has been selected as the official prepreg supplier to the Multi One Design (MOD) 70 racing boat project.

REpower USA Corp, a subsidiary of Germany’s wind turbine manufacturer, REpower Systems AG will supply 9 of its 2 MW MM92 wind turbines with a total output

An energy fund created by Texas oil billionaire Pickens, which includes renewable energy, has filed a preliminary prospectus from securities regulators in

QinetiQ’s Zephyr High-Altitude Long-Endurance unmanned aerial system (HALE UAS) program recently resumed flight testing and payload evaluations in Yuma, Ar

Matrix Composite Materials Co Ltd (MCMC) in the UK is offering two alternatives to the current fossil fuel based products used in modern composite boat con

The world's longest wind turbine blade – 61.5 m – traveled to be displayed at COP15 in Copenhagen in December last weekend. LM Glasfiber has released a vid

ACCIONA has agreed long-term finance amounting to €18.14 million with the State Bank of India (SBI) for its two wind farms totaling 29.7 MW in India.

Advanced Composites Group Ltd (ACG) is introducing a phenolic resin system available as a prepreg suitable for mass transit, industrial and construction ap

New appointments and staff changes – Axel Plastics, High Modulus, Outsourcing B2B Marketing, AOC.

The wave energy device Oyster from Aquamarine Power was officially launched on 20 November at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney.

Scores of surface finishers—and even a few suppliers—from Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire, were on hand recently for the

A newly released report from the Federal Reserve shows U.S. industrial production increased 0.1% in October after having averaged monthly gains of about 0.

Carbon fibre supplier Zoltek Corporation has launched a new website.

Metalforming companies anticipate a dip in business conditions and incoming orders. That’s the main findings from the November 2009 Precision Metalforming

The energy performance of buildings constructed after 2020 must improve and rely “to a large extent” on renewable energy, according to a deal reached betwe

Seven new designs for offshore wind turbine foundations have been short-listed for funding by the Carbon Trust in Britain.

The best prospects for large-scale renewable energy production and net-energy performance remain wind and certain forms of solar, according to a study rele

Advanced Composites Group Ltd (ACG) is launching a ceramic tooling block material which can be used to produce composite tooling for use in the autoclave p

The economic recession has prompted utilities in Europe to invest less in renewable power and the smart grid, even though they need to invest more to meet

US auto sales during October climbed again to an annualised manufacturing rate of 10.4 million vehicles from September’s 9.2 million.

Met-Pro Corporation's Duall business unit has received orders worth approximately US$2.8 million for composite equipment from two municipal water treatment

Piracy is gaining momentum – and not only on the world’s seas.

The UK-based parent company of Canadian PM components manufacturer Stackpole has reported improvements in its financial position.

Bombardier Aerospace has selected VISTAGY's FiberSIM® software suite as the standard composite engineering solution for all its aircraft programmes, includ

Airbus SAS has selected the Alliant Techsystems (ATK) to produce composite structures and tooling for its next-generation A350 XWB (Xtra Wide Body) aircraf

SP has launched three new products for manufacturers of composite boats at METS 2009 in Amsterdam.

PPG Industries will receive a US$741 000 grant from the US Department of Energy to support the development of materials and automation processes for wind t

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

Boeing has completed installing reinforcements within the side-of-body section of two more of its 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

Centorr Vacuum Industries has introduced two new full size metal injection moulding furnaces.

US Energy Secretary Steven Chu is travelling in India and China as part of the Department of Energy’s (DoE) efforts to advance opportunities for internatio

3M is introducing an epoxy resin for carbon fibre composites called 3M™ Matrix Resin 3831.

Euroresins Europe Holding GmbH & Co KG is to be distributor for SAERTEX GmbH & Co KG’s non-crimp fabrics and SAERcore materials in Norway, Sweden, the UK,

Construction starts this month on the Wave Hub project wave energy project in South West England.

VISTAGY Inc, provider of the FiberSIM® composites engineering software, and BETA CAE Systems SA, a specialist in computer aided engineering (CAE) software

Core materials manufacturer DIAB has signed a global distribution agreement with French syntactic foam producer BMTI, giving DIAB a complete product range

Cannon Power Group has received US$19.4 million in federal renewable energy grants to spur construction of its 400 MW wind farm in Washington State.

GE and E.ON Climate & Renewables North America have signed a 7-year operation and maintenance (O&M) agreement covering E.ON Climate & Renewable’s complete

Siemens Energy will supply 70 wind turbines for the Los Vergeles wind farm in Tamaulipas, Mexico.

Wave and tidal energy companies are to be asked for their views on the future development of the Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC).

The European Pultrusion Technology Association (EPTA) is looking for presentations for its 10th World Pultrusion Conference, which will take place in Barce

Wind turbines in Europe could displace the annual emission of 333 megatonne of CO2 by 2020, says the European Wind Energy Association.

PM manufacturers in the US are among those who could benefit from last week’s decision by the government to expand net operating loss (NOL) tax relief as p

MetoKote Corporation, a provider of protective coating applications based in the United States, has chosen Germany as the site for its new manufacturing pl

The Perdac/Atomising Systems course “Atomising Metals for Powder Production” is to run again on 25 and 26 March, 2010, in Manchester, UK.

A newly released report from the Department of Labor puts job losses for the month of October at 558,000, bumping up the unemployment rate to 10.2%—up from

Benchmark Products, Inc., of Indianapolis, Ind., and New Surface Technologies, LLC, of Bedford, Ohio, recently announced the formation of Asterion, LLC, ef

Rinehart Racing has entered into a new state-of-the-art manufacturing arrangement with Clearline Industries, LLC, for the manufacturing of its motorcycle p

Wind turbines supplied 54% of Spain’s total electricity demand, for a short period on the weekend.

During COMPOSITES EUROPE 2009, DSM Composite Resins, Dieffenbacher and Fraunhofer ICT unveiled a direct compounding technology for the production of thermo

A solar car built at Tokai University in Japan has won the solar race across Australia, at an average speed of more than 100 km/h.

First Wind, a North American wind power company, has completed the first 203.5 MW phase of its Milford Wind Corridor project in Millard and Beaver County,

Bulgaria’s wind power is set to boom over the next decade, according to a presentation at a workshop on integrating wind power in Bulgaria, predicting wind

Four renewable energy projects will receive AU$235 million from the federal government in Australia, including a 19 MW wave farm off the coast of Victoria.

Three UK-based banks will offer new loans to onshore wind farms, in a scheme that could enable £1.4 billion of onshore wind projects to move to constructio

Energy Composites Corporation (ECC) has reached agreement with the City of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, USA, to develop two areas of land into a wind turbi

Australian Composites Pty Ltd has signed a partnership agreement with Sunrez Corporation, a US producer of ultra-violet (UV) curable resins, putties and pr

Wind energy will receive US$80 million in federal government funding appropriations, a 45% increase over the last fiscal year.

Wind energy developer Wind Capital Group has closed US$240 million financing for the Lost Creek Wind Project in DeKalb County, Missouri, USA.

The United States could net 4.5 million new jobs in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors by 2030 if it addresses climate change, according to

The German Federation of Reinforced Plastics, AVK, presented its awards for outstanding developments in reinforced plastics at the COMPOSITES EUROPE 2009 t

Four offshore wind farm developers have announced their plans for major offshore wind farm developments in the outer Forth and Tay areas outside Scotland.

Ashland Performance Materials is joining a consortium of companies and university experts to develop and test three wind turbines off the coast of Maine, U

The strategy outlines an action plan to advance these industries, which are big users of composite materials, in Scotland.

Prepregs from Advanced Composites Group Ltd (ACG) are being used by Donkervoort Automobielen to build its new D8 GT race car for the 5th Dunlop 24 hour rac

The Biotex family of materials based on flax natural fibres was launched at the COMPOSITES EUROPE 2009 trade show in Stuttgart in October.

The COMPOSITES EUROPE 2009 trade show attracted over 6100 visitors to Stuttgart, Germany, on 27-29 October.

The World Future Council proposes the issuing of money by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to finance the global renewable energy transition and the a

SeaEnergy and Taiwan Generations Corporation (TGC) have concluded an agreement under which they will undertake the joint development of TGC’s pipeline of o

Gurit’s European patent covering the use of its SPRINT product in the manufacture of wind turbine blades and other markets has been upheld by the Technical

Louisiana is now home to the first installation of an Alcan balsa-cored composite bridge deck containing Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (SWCNTs).

As the use of fibre reinforced plastics (FRP) continues to grow within the power industry, Korean company Hankuk Fiber Glass Co Ltd (HFG) is replacing the

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the UK Ofgem E-Serve say the EIB is considering provision of over £300 million of funding to investors in high volta

Quickstep Holdings has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman Systems intended to secure contracts to manufac

Improved productivity and enhanced product performance are reported to be two benefits pultruders have witnessed when using the new Crestapol® 1212 resin f

The US wind energy market could reach 8 GW installed in 2009, (including project spill-over from 2008 and new wind build), despite initial fears of a major

A survey in Rhode Island shows that 89% have positive opinions on the use of wind turbines to generate electricity, but 50% rate the cost of wind as an imp

The hydropower industry in the United States could add 60 GW of renewable energy to the country’s electricity grid by 2025, while creating 700,000 new jobs

Tooling giant Walther has developed a sintered polycrystalline diamond (PCD) spiral flute drill manufactured by PM specifically for composite materials suc

Parmatech-Proform Corporation, a subsidiary of metal components specialist ATW Companies Inc has acquired the metal injection moulding (MIM) business of Mo

Fifty companies and organisations in the United States purchase 12.5 TWh a year of green power.

New Hampshire-based Centorr Vacuum Industries (CVI) has received orders for two high-temperature sintering furnaces for 2009-2010 delivery from customers i

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published Guidance on Chemical Safety Assessment in a Nutshell.

Four of the top publicly-traded clean tech employers in the United States are renewable energy companies from abroad.

Buenos Aires based sheet moulding compound (SMC) parts manufacturer Pilot Automotive Srl has increased its supply of parts to the Ford Motor Company with t

Resin supplier Reichhold has opened a resin manufacturing facility at Ranjangaon, in Pune, India.

Composite materials producer Gurit reports sales of CHF238.9 million for its target markets for the first nine months of 2009 (at constant currency transla

Polygon has pushed the boundaries for the design of pneumatic actuators by creating a completely non-metallic cylinder assembly.

Installation of renewable energy solutions such as solar electric panels and solar film are prominent among 37 projects funded by the Australian Department

Risø DTU has produced a detailed map of the wind resources in South Africa showing the best locations for wind turbines and is a prerequisite for funding w

Comprehensive clean renewable energy and climate policies would create jobs, increase consumers’ income and strengthen the economy, according to a study co

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

Ocean Power Technologies has completed trials of its Underwater Substation Pod (USP) product in Spain, which is designed to facilitate the collection, netw

During the COMPOSITES EUROPE 2009 trade fair, the European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA) introduced several EU-financed projects on sustainable c

Gibson Fiberglass has announced a price increase for glass fibre direct and multi-end roving products, chopped strand, chopped strand mat, woven roving, an

The US Department of Treasury has allocated US$2.2 billion in Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREB) as part of the Obama administration's efforts to spur pro

Targets for renewable energy in Britain and the government’s carbon budgets could be missed, under one of the scenarios for future energy supply envisaged

SAMPE's Fall Technical Conference and Exhibition 2009 in Wichita, Kansas, USA, on 19-22 October, attracted over 1350 visitors and more than 120 exhibitors.

Composites tooling manufacturer Janicki Industries has launched a new website to better serve its markets, which now the alternative energy sector.

For its pioneering work in the area of natural fibre reinforced plastics, the BioConcept Car project of Four Motors GmbH was presented with the COMPOSITES

The EU database on renewable energy legislation, www.res-legal.eu, providing information for all 27 EU countries is now complete.

Spirit AeroSystems Inc has officially opened its aerospace manufacturing and design facility in Subang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Sherwin-Williams Company and Wagner Systems, Inc., have formed an agreement designed to expand the relationship between the two companies, enabling pro

The 3rd quarter provided a mixed bag for several of the industry’s leading coating suppliers and chemical manufacturers. Preliminary numbers showed some ar

Fanta Equipment, a leading fabricator of metal finishing equipment in North America, has launched a new website featuring its Fanta, Napco, and Udylite bra

U.S. gross domestic product, or GDP, grew 3.5% in the third quarter, according to a newly released report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, or BEA. The

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