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Aker, Strathclyde to Collaborate on Wind Blade Recycling (Int'l.)
Aker Offshore Wind,
Date: 2021-04-26
Norway-based Aker Offshore Wind, Aker Horizons and the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland are reporting a memorandum of understanding to together develop recovery processes for used glass fibre wind turbine blades. Under the MoU, the parties will scale up and commercialise a University of Strathclyde developed process thermal recovery and post-treatment of glass fibres from used in wind turbine blades.

In February 2020 the Los Angeles Times reported "The thermoset glass-reinforced polymer composites used in wind turbine blades are extremely hard to breakdown and, since most blades last only 20 to 25 years, disposing of used wind blades in landfills could soon become an enormous landfill issue."

The University of Strathclyde notes a global increase of wind turbine blade waste from around 400,000 tpy in 2030 could grow to 2,000,000 million tons by 2050. (Source: Aker Offshore Wind, Strathclyde Univ., Splash 274, 26 Apr., 2021) Contact: Aker Offshore Wind, www.akeroffshorewind.com; University of Strathclyde, www.strath.ac.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aker Offshore Wind news,  Wind Blade news,  


GEV Wind Power, Wind Power LAB Merge Announced (M&A)
GEV Wind Power, Wind Power Lab
Date: 2021-04-14
UK-based wind turbine blade repair and maintenance provider GEV Wind Power is reporting a merger with Danish based Wind Power Lab, a leader in providing intelligent technology based blade solutions to wind park operators.

GEV provides field blade repair and maintenance services to both onshore and offshore wind farm manufacturers and operators in the UK, Europe and the US. WPL offers world class blade expertise and machine learning enabled services for all wind farm park owners, irrespective of the number of turbines they operate. The merged organization will operate globally and is backed by Bridges Fund Management, a specialist private equity investor focused on the transition to a more sustainable and inclusive economy. (Source: GEV Wind Power, Website News PR, 13 Apr., 2021) Contact: GEV Wind Power, David Fletcher, CEO, +44 (0) 1482 300 640, www.cvwindpower.com; Wind Power LabLAB, Mille Beck Klinto, +45 31 32 10 06, mbk@windpowerlab.com, www.windpowerlab.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEV Wind Power,  Wind Power Lab ,  Wind,  


GE Planning New UK Offshore Wind Blade Plant (Int'l. Report)
GE Renewable Energy, LM Wind Power
Date: 2021-03-17
In the UK, GE Renewable Energy is reporting it LM Wind Power unit plans to open and operate a new manufacturing plant in Teeside for the production of offshore wind turbine blades. Financing and construction details are reportedly in advanced stages of negotiation and the plant is expected to open and start production in 2023 .

LM Wind Power plans to set up and operate this plant which will be dedicated to the production of its 107-meter- long offshore wind turbine blades, a key component of GE's Haliade-X, the most powerful offshore wind turbine in operation today. (Source GE Renewable Energy, PR, Utilities, 14 Mar., 2021)Contact: GE Renewable Energy, www.ge.com/renewableenergy.com; LM Wind Power, www.lmwindpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LM Wind Power,  GE Renewable Energy,  Wind Balde,  Wind,  


GE Scores $6.7Mn for 3D Printed Wind Blades (Ind. Report)
General Electric, LM Wind
Date: 2021-02-05
General Electric is reportings its GE Research, GE Renewable Energy, and LM Wind Power units were recently selected by the US DOE to research the design and manufacture of 3-D printed wind turbine blades.

The GE units will partner with the Oakridge National Lab (ORNL) and the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) on the 25-month, $6.7 million project to develop and demonstrate an integrated additive manufacturing process for novel high-performance blade designs for large rotors.

The project will deliver a full-size blade tip ready to be structurally tested, as well as three blade tips that will be installed on a wind turbine. (Source: General Electric, PR, OE, 5 Feb., 2021) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, www.ge.com/renewableenergy.com; LM Wind Power, www.lmwindpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LM Wind,  Wind Blade,  GE Renewable Energy,  


SusWIND Aims for Sustainable Wind Blade Technology (Int'l.)
the National Composites Centre
Date: 2020-11-13
In the UK, the National Composites Centre (NCC), in partnership with the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and supported by The Crown Estate and RenewableUK, is reporting the launch of the SusWIND Initiative to explore sustainable processes, materials and technologies in the development of composite wind turbine blades.

The SusWIND initiative is planned for delivery in the following three stages:

  • Wave one will stimulate the supply chain for wind blade recycling and how it leverages the broader supply chain for composites recycling demand with other sectors. Work will include landscape mapping, exploitation routes for upscaling viable technologies and demonstrating the effective use of recycled materials in value-add products for other applications.

  • Wave two will demonstrate options to reduce the environmental footprint of wind blade manufacture through the use of more sustainable and lower impact material feedstock, and through minimising or recycling waste streams.

  • Wave three will develop guidelines to improve wind blade design to minimize waste and increase recycling. (Source: NCC, Website PR, 10 Nov., 2020) Contact: SusWIND, www.nccuk.com/sustainable-composites/activities/suswind; NCC, Richard Oldfield, CEO, www.nccuk.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind Turbine,  Wind Blade,  


  • Recycling Wind Turbine Blades Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    Wind Blade,Engie,LM Wind
    Date: 2020-10-05
    A consortium of wind energy players including LM Wind Power and Engie, has announced the Zero wastE Blade Research (ZEBRA) project with plans to design and construct the first 100 pct recyclable wind turbine and blades. Driven by French research center IRT Jules Verne, the project aims to demonstrate on a full scale the technical, economic, and environmental relevance of thermoplastic wind turbine blades, with an eco-design approach to facilitate recycling. The 42-month project has budget of $21.8 million.

    LM Wind Power will desig , process, and manufacture two prototype recyclable wind turbine blades using Arkema's Elium resin to test and validate the composite material's feasibility for industrial production. In parallel, the ZEBRA project partners will focus on developing and optimizing the manufacturing process by using automation to reduce energy consumption and waste from production.

    The team will then explore methods to recycle the materials used in the prototype blades into new products. (Source: LM Wind, Inceptive Mind, Oct., 2020)Contact: LM Wind Power, www.lmwindpower.com; ENGIE, www.engie-fabricom.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LM Wind,  Engie,  Wind Turbine Blade,  


    Brazilian Turbine Blade Maker Announces IPO Registration (Int'l.)
    Aeris Energy
    Date: 2020-08-28
    Brazilian wind turbine blade manufacturer Aeris Energy reports it has registered for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) in response to the growing demand for wind power generation in Brazil and in the world.

    Created in 2010, Aeris has its two plants and produces equipment for Vestas, General Electric, Nordex and WEG. In the first semester, Aeris' net income totaled $753 million, up 127 pct compared to the same period in 2019. The IPO will be coordinated by BTG Pactual, XP, Morgan Stanley, Santander Brazil. Citi and Safra. (Source: Aeris Energy, PR, reve, 28 Aug., 2020) Contact: Aeris Energy, +55 85 3304 5858, www.aerisenergy.com.br

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aeris Energy,  Wind Turbine Blade,  


    UMass Prof. Funded for Wind Blade Damage R&D (Funding, R&D)
    UMass Lowell
    Date: 2020-05-06
    In the Bay State, University of Massachusetts Lowell Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Murat Inalpolat is reporting receipt of $1.4 million in grant funding from the U.S. DOE to develop technology to detect wind blade cracking and splitting damage using sound.

    For the project, Inalpolat will mount wireless microphones inside blades, wireless speakers inside the turbine's cavity and another microphone near the turbine to monitor sound and identify damage from changes in audio frequencies, according to a UMass Lowell news release.

    "There is no other technology in today's market that can monitor the condition and safety of turbine blades while they are operating. Our proposed system is low-cost, reliable, robust and it can be installed on both new and existing wind turbines," Inalpolat said in the news release. The turbines are being tested at the state Wind Technology Testing Center in Charlestown, according to the release.

    Inalpolat's project is also supported by the National Science Foundation, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and UMass Lowell's WindSTAR research center. (Source: UMass Lowel, The Sun, 3 May, 2020) Contact: UMass Lowell, Murat Inalpolat, Assist. Prof. Mechanical Engineering, Murat_Inalpolat@uml.edu, www.uml.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Wind Turbine Blade,  UMass Lowell,  


    Siemens Gamesa Nails €200Mn Senvion Assets Acquisition (M&A)
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-05-04
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is reporting the final acquisition of all shares in Ria Blades, S.A., the business entity which owns and operates the onshore wind turbine blade production plant in Vagos, Portugal, as well as other additional assets required to operate the facility.

    The total acquisition purchase price for Senvion's selected assets, including the manufacturing facility in Vagos, the Onshore European Services assets and IP came in at €200 million -- subject to closing accounts confirmatory adjustments. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, PR, Smart Energy, May, 2020) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com; Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,  Senvion,  Wind,  


    US DOE Granting $28Mn In Funding For Wind R&D (Funding, R&D)
    US DOE
    Date: 2019-10-28
    In Washington, the US DOE reports it will allocate $28 million in funding to to 13 projects aimed at wind energy cost reductions, with a focus on offshore, distributed and onshore utility-scale wind.

    Of the total, as much as $10 million will go to two offshore wind technology demonstration projects -- Lake Erie Energy Development Corp (LEEDCo) will deploy innovative sensing technologies for tracking bird activity near wind turbines, while the University of Maine will develop a floating substructure design for a 10 MW -- 12 MW wind turbine and install it at a project off Maine.

    Roughly $7 million will support the testing of innovative offshore wind technologies at national-level testing facilities, with the funding to be shared by six projects including Clemson University which is aiming to improve offshore wind turbine nacelle testing. In another project, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Centre in Boston is seeking to upgrade its testing facility to make possible the structural testing of wind turbine blades with lengths of between 85 metres and 120 metres.

    Other recipients include Oregon State University of Corvallis for tests on the combined effects of wind and waves on floating offshore wind turbines. Four of the 13 selected projects will receive a total of $6 million to support rural utilities by developing technologies that integrate wind with other distributed energy resources. (Source: US DOE, 23 Oct., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Wind,  


    GE's LM Wind Power Claims World's Largest Wind Blade (Ind. Report)
    LM Wind Power
    Date: 2019-04-24
    The set to be used for GE's upcoming 12MW offshore wind turbine LM Wind Power, the turbine maker owned by global engineering giant GE, is reporting production of a 107-metre wind turbine blade at its Cherbourg, France, plant.

    The blade is the largest ever made for a wind turbine, and will be used in the next generation of massive GE Haliade-X 12 MW offshore wind turbines, according to a release. (Source: GE, LM Wind Power, Business Green, 23 April, 2019) Contact: LM Wind Power, Duncan Berry, CEO, Lukasz Cejrowski, LM 107.0 Project Director, +45 79 84 00 00, www.lmwindpower.com; GE Renewable Energy, Pete McCabe, www.ge-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LM Wind Power,  Wind Turbie,  Wind Blade,  


    Windpower Alliance Investigating Wind Blade Erosion (Ind. Report)
    Wind Blade
    Date: 2019-03-06
    An alliance of ten of the world's largest wund industry player -- DNV GL, Vestas, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, LM Wind Power, Orsted, Senvion, Mankeweicz, Akzonobel, Aerox-CEU, Polytech, Hempel and PPG -- are reporting their collaboration to form Comprehensive Methodology for Blade Rain Erosion Analysis on protecting turbine blades from weather damage. The project will investigate the damage caused to leading edge wind turbine blades from the high-speed impacts of raindrops, identify and develop protection systems and recommended practices for designing a protection system against rain erosion which will be published by July 2020.

    The initiative aims to identify and define relevant material properties for a protection system; Develop a methodology to handle and derive design loads from rain data; and develop both a model to conduct raindrop impact analysis and a design methodology for leading edge protection systems. (Source: DNV GL, PEI, 5 Mar., 2019)Contact: DNV GL, Liv Hovem, CEO, +47 6757 9900, www.dnvgl.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  DNV GL ,  Wind Blade,  


    MHI Vestas Isle of Wight Blade Plant Ups Production (Int'l)
    Vestas
    Date: 2018-10-15
    MHI Vestas reports it is increasing capacity at its wind turbine blade production facility at the West Medina Mills on the Isle of Wight. The first quarter of 2018 marked the first time in British history that wind power outstripped electricity production from nuclear power stations, according to coverage in the Independent. (Source: MHI Vestas, Independent, 15 Oct., 2018) Contact: MHI Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, www.mhivestasoffshore.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MHI Vestas,  Vestas,  Wind Blade,  


    GE Touts New Wind Turbine Inspection Tech (New Prod & Tech)
    GE Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-10-12
    GE Renewable Energy is reporting details of its high-speed wind turbine blade inspection system that uses thermal imaging technology and wide band acoustic spectral analysis to detect wind blade fatigue cracks, defective repairs, faults and other problems.

    The new ground-based system works on GE and non-GE turbines and requires about 15 minutes per blade to provide real time data analytics. To date, more than 1,500 turbines had been inspected with the technology. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, CNBC, 10 Oct., 2018) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Anne McEntee, CEO Digital Services, www.ge.com/renewableenergy/digital-solutions, www.ge-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Wind Blade,  


    Shanghai Electric Wind Power Installs First LM Wind Blades (Int'l)
    LM Wind
    Date: 2018-09-19
    LM Wind Power reports two sets of its wind blades have been installed on Shanghai Electric Wind Power 4.0MW-136 turbines at the first phase of the Shanghai Lingang offshore project in China.

    LM Wind Power . provided onsite support and service for the installation as part of a two-year agreement to deliver the blades during 2018 and 2019. (Source: LM Wind, Various Media, 18 Sept., 2018) Contact: LM Wind Power, Duncan Berry, CEO, +45 79 84 00 00, www.lmwindpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LM Wind,  Wind Turbine Blade,  


    GE, LM Wind Power Aquiring WMC Blade Test Facility (M&A, Int'l)
    GE Renewable Energy,LM Wind Power
    Date: 2018-07-25
    In the Netherlands, GE Renewable Energy and LM Wind Power are reporting plans to acquire and build on the WMC wind turbine blade test facility in Wieringerwerf.

    The facility will provide rotor hub testing for new GE turbines while continuing to offer blade and other testing, digital tools, research and similar services.

    The acquisition is slated to close within weeks, subject to certain conditions. LM Wind Power was acquired by GE in April 2017. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, PR, Renewable Energy, 23 July, 2018) Contact: LM Wind Power, Duncan Berry, CEO, +45 79 84 00 00, www.lmwindpower.com; WMC, https://wmc.eu; GE Renewable Energy, Pete McCabe, www.ge-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  LM Wind Power,  Wind.Wind Blage,  


    TPI Expanding Mexican Wind Blade Production Capacity (Ind. Report)
    TPI Composites
    Date: 2018-07-11
    Wind turbine blade manufacturer TPI Composites reports will add two additional production lines at its Matamoros, Mexico plant after long-term customer Vestas exercised an option under the two companies' supply agreement. With the additional lines, the plant will have six production lines.

    The plant produces blades for Vestas's V136 turbine model. Production is set to begin at the site in Q3 2018. (Source: TPI Composites, Windpower Monthly, Others, 10 July, 2018) Contact: TPI Composites, Steve Lockard, Pres. & CEO, (480) 305-8910, slockard@tpicomposites.com, www.tpicomposites.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TPI Composites,  Vestas,  Wind Turbine Blade,  

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