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Composites Power Decades-Long Performance in Wind Energy Segment

The growth of composites use in the wind energy segment is fueled by the demand for renewable energy and fossil fuel independency globally. Both off-shore and on-shore wind parks are answering the call for wind energy generation, equipped with wind turbines that are growing in quantity and size to perform with longevity, durability, and efficiency. Read More…

Maximizing Wind Energy Production with Vacuum Infusion

Wind turbines have three main components that are manufactured from composites—blades, nacelles and spinners, which are the hub of a wind turbine. Due, in part, to the high strength-to-weight ratio of composite materials, these parts increase the efficiency of the final wind turbine product. As an added benefit, the robust turbine parts last several years Read More…

Offshore Wind Energy Projected to Grow with Help from Composites

Researchers say the U.S. offshore wind industry sector could potentially meet 90% of the nation’s electricity demand by 2050, supported by 29 states that border water.  Climate and renewable energy are priorities for the U.S. administration, as evidenced by its plans to develop large offshore wind farms to power millions of homes. The initiative also Read More…

Carbon Fiber and Related Composites See Continued Growth in Wind Energy

Renewable wind energy construction projects are being contracted and awarded across the globe, as both onshore and offshore wind development in the U.S. remain viable. The most recent evidence of the U.S. offshore wind industry continuing to gain momentum is the state of New York contracting to effectively double its offshore wind power procurement. New Read More…

Composite Wind Turbines Turn More Opportunity for Savings

The growing capacity of the U.S. wind market is more and more reliant on composite materials. Wind turbines have traditionally been composed of steel and aluminum, yet manufacturers have realized the benefits of incorporating composites into wind turbine production and repair. The increase in demand for high strength materials coupled with low-cost production technologies is Read More…

Understanding Thermoset and Thermoplastics

We all react to heat differently, which is a simple description of the distinction between thermoset and thermoplastics—they behave differently when heat is applied to it. The chemical properties of thermoset become permanently strengthened when exposed to heat. Once thermoset plastics are altered by exposure to heat, they cannot be remolded. Thermoplastics, on the other Read More…

The Rise of Wind Energy

When it comes to wind energy, the cost and efficiency benefits are substantial. According to Wall Street investment firm Lazard Inc., wind has become an inexpensive source of power generation in many parts of the U.S., and the cost of wind energy has fallen by 70 percent over the last decade. There are over 500 Read More…

Wind infrastructure composites: Recycling may be in the air

Of all the many infrastructure sectors, power generation has seen one of the largest trends in composite materials usage for many of its applications. For instance, composites are now being used in buried and above-ground conduit, wind power and water-based power generation systems. Wind power infrastructure in particular has benefited from composites, and it may Read More…

Using composites in wind turbines in Canada

Energy industries have been using composites in energy-producing equipment for years. With the growing push for greener energy sources, wind turbines are no exception. Nearly 300 wind farms operate across Canada to produce thousands of megawatts of energy. This energy provides Canadian residents with power with less reliance on nonrenewable resources. Since the benefits of Read More…

How Closed Mold Process Composites Benefit Wind Turbines

Closed mold processes produces a growing number of composite products for sectors of the U. S. economy such as the automotive industry and the energy production industry to name a few.  However, one of the biggest beneficiaries of components produced by this process has been the industrial wind turbine and its blades.  The Benefits of Read More…

Advances in Wind Energy – June 5 and 6 at the National Wind Technology Center in Boulder, CO

Composites One and the Closed Mold Alliance, along with Magnum Venus Products and  IACMI – The Composites Institute invite you to attend Advances in Wind Energy: Exploring Advanced Materials and New Repair Techniques for the Wind Industry! Advances in Wind Energy is focused on exploring advanced materials, new repair techniques and inspection processes, and informing Read More…

CCT Wind Blade Repair – American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA)

The past, present and future of composites in the wind energy market is strong. ACMA is offering the CCT-WBR certification curriculum to help serve the growing demand for composites training in the wind energy sector for servicing and repairing wind turbines. As a CCT-WBR, you can use your training to repair wind turbine blades or Read More…

Lean Mean Closed Mold Machine Demos to be presented at COMPOSITES 2013

Composites One, along with the Closed Mold Alliance and 20 industry partners, will use the latest closed mold processes to build parts, including an actual production part for a real Composites One customer – LIVE, in person, right on the show floor – at COMPOSITES 2013 in Orlando, FL, January 29-31. All the closed mold Read More…