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Far East Wind Power Corp has signed a letter of intent with Malama Composites to develop new environmentally friendly technologies for the wind turbine manufacturing sector.
Malama Composites Corporation manufactures proprietary rigid polyurethane foams made from plant-based resins. By utilizing polyols derived from soy, castor, jatropha or even algae, they produce new core materials that they say are strong, light-weight, cost competitive, and far more environmentally sustainable than petroleum-based alternatives.
David Saltman, CEO of Malama, comments, “”We are excited to be working with Far East Wind to develop the next generation of wind turbine blades. The utilization of bio-based rigid polyurethane foam cores can reduce the weight of the blades, making them easier to transport and install. Equally important is the fact that our core materials are highly moisture resistant, providing greater longevity and retention of stability and blade balance which can reduce friction and pressure impact on the gear systems. Our product applications are ultimately aimed at increasing the duty cycle of the whole turbine. We anticipate our collaborative efforts will lead to product applications world-wide.””
Mr. Marcus Laun, Director of Far East Wind, states, “”Given the global environmental context which drives the alternative energy sector in the first place, a significant part of our mission at Far East Wind is to find new solutions to drive costs out of the manufacturing process while at the same time to introduce new green technologies and partnerships that enhance and firmly stake out our role as responsible innovators in the industry. Malama Composites is ideally suited to provide extraordinary potential for growth in new and exciting areas of the manufacturing process.””
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