Technical Digest: Blade materials win - Composite research fund

Bayer MaterialScience, a subsidiary of the German-based giant better known for aspirin, was one of 28 recipients of new wind project funding from the US Department of Energy (DOE) - awards that totalled $13.8 million, including $12.8 million from its economic stimulus fund.

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Bayer's regional headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, received $750,000 to aid development and testing of its composite technologies and resin infusion processes to help facilitate larger wind turbine blades for 1.5 MW machines and above. The focus is on overcoming technological barriers to broad application of its lightweight composites. "The program puts our advanced materials to the test to advance wind energy as a commercially viable renewable energy solution," says Mike Gallagher, director of the company's government services group. "We are excited by this opportunity to apply progressive lightweight composite technologies for use in the wind energy industry." The 28 awards, for wind turbine research and testing, or transmission analysis, planning and assessments, ranged from $195,000 to $750,000. The amounts were subject to final negotiation, according to the DOE.

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