18 June 2010
18 June 2010
Energy Secretary Steven Chu, accompanied by Maine Gov. John Baldacci, Sen. Susan Collins and Reps. Michael Michaud and Chellie Pingree, toured the university's Advanced Structures and Composites Center to learn more about its 10-year plan to design and test floating deep-water wind turbine platforms.
According to Habib Dagher, the centre director: ""A major part of our research effort is evaluating the use of advanced composites, enhanced fibers and resin systems, for the offshore wind application. These materials provide an opportunity to reduce deployment and maintenance costs, which can be more significant offshore than on land.”
“The new $30 million offshore wind laboratory at UMaine will have the ability to design and produce full size components of towers, foundations and blades for land based and offshore wind and to test these components under one roof. Advanced robotics manufacturing processes will be researched and evaluated. This will accelerate the development of new more competitive technologies for both land based and offshore wind. We are pleased that with 85,000 ft2 of lab space for design, manufacturing and testing of advanced composite structures, we will are now be better able to serve the growing renewable energy industry sector.”
Bindatex is celebrating 10 years of partnership and delivering 50 tonnes of multiaxial fabrics to a global composites reinforcement manufacturer. The specialist slitting service enables the manufacturer to supply its customers with material in a wide variety of widths.
Gordon Murray Automotive announces details of its first vehicle – the T.50 supercar.
Composite materials are widely used in aeronautics because of the major weight savings they provide, which directly affects their environmental impact because they require less fuel and thus reduce CO2 emissions.