Wind power Features for January 2012

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Wind turbine blade production – new products keep pace as scale increases Wind turbine blade production – new products keep pace as scale increases

The wind energy industry is one of the fastest-growing consumers of fibre reinforced plastics in the world. Production challenges are compounded as the scale of wind turbines continues to climb. Blades, among the most complex parts to mould, now exceed 80 m in length and are getting longer. We report on new products and processes developed to meet the needs of utility-scale blade producers.

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Enhanced glass reinforcements for wind turbine blade manufacture Enhanced glass reinforcements for wind turbine blade manufacture

Reinforced Plastics asked Onur Tokgoz, Wind Energy Global Business Leader at 3B-the fibreglass company, about the company’s activities in the wind energy market and its new glass reinforcement for wind turbine blade manufacture, Advantex® SE2020.

U.S. blade test facility to aid U.S. competitiveness U.S. blade test facility to aid U.S. competitiveness

America's first commercial large wind turbine blade test facility opened in May last year, its aim being to help the U.S. industry remain competitive with its overseas counterparts.

Wind Power: 200 BC to 2010... Wind Power: 200 BC to 2010...

Wind devices date all the way back to vertical axis wind mills from the Persian-Afghanistan borders around 200 BC, to today’s efforts to develop 10 MW wind turbines...

Countdown to 2020: can the UK meet its renewables targets? Countdown to 2020: can the UK meet its renewables targets?

Part one: In the last days of 2011 the UK government submitted its first report to the European Union, detailing progress towards its 2020 renewables targets. So is it on the right path to achieving its legally binding targets?

Wind blade composites market grows as offshore wind energy advances

A review of the Wind Turbine Blade Manufacture conference organised by AMI in Germany last month.

Renewable energy project monitor Renewable energy project monitor

November/December: Our regular column, written by the Energy Industries Council, reports on project development in the renewable energy marketplace...

Renewable Power Generation - 2010 figures Renewable Power Generation - 2010 figures

Special report. Conclusion: how much renewable electricity capacity was installed worldwide at the end of 2010, and which technologies were the most popular?

Offshore coup, China style Offshore coup, China style

Despite some high profile WTO successes for the West, China plans to dominate its offshore wind sector in the long term.

Book Review - Daniel Yergin: The Quest Book Review - Daniel Yergin: The Quest

In his new book, Daniel Yergin can't quite fully support wind, but tries hard.