By Nick Gilbert
The renewable energy business is progressing across the globe and the wind industry is steadily developing in terms of wind turbine size and the energy marketplace. With increasing costs of maintenance, manufactures are facing challenges to ensure reliability in wind turbine blades.
To address these issues, Applied Market Information (AMI) has announced the “Wind Turbine Blade Manufacture 2012” global networking conference on reliable composite blades for generation of wind energy. The event is to take place in Düsseldorf, Germany from 27 to 29 November, 2012.
As the global renewable energy industry advances, the wind industry is also growing. The demands on size of the turbines and their reliability are increasing. Wind turbine blades often have to overcome harsh operating conditions.
Numerous companies related to the wind energy industry will be taking part in these discussions. REPower will be initiating the discussions and will be providing information about the issues facing the global composite manufacturing industry. Siemens Wind Power will be outlining aerodynamics in innovation of wind blades. Beijing Goldwind has made new developments, which will be discussed at the conference. The Sandia National Laboratories has been studying 100 meter blades, while LM Windpower has developed cost-effective rotor systems.
Gamesa Innovation and Technology has developed a modular production system for manufacturing modular blades. The US Department of Energy and TPI Composites are collaborating to develop superior manufacturing techniques.
An anti-icing technology has been developed by Nordex Energy, which allows the blades to be used in the harsh weather conditions of Sweden. 3M has developed a novel solution to address blade leading edge erosion. The IEC has updated its standards regarding impact of lightning strikes on wind turbine blades.
BASF is studying the compatibility of materials in the blade’s layered structures, and Gurit is reviewing composite innovations, mould supply and the role of resin.
The recycling options for disposing first generation wind turbine blades, global material supply and sourcing, as well as the effect of changing climate will be discussed at the conference.