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DSM, 3B, Siemens Wind Power and DTU Wind Energy receive JEC 2014 Innovation Award

Schaffhausen, CH, 28 Feb 2014 12:00 CET

Co-creation in wind works! DSM, 3B – the  fiberglass company, Siemens Wind Power and DTU Wind Energy propose a totally new composite system for making wind turbine blades, featuring easy blade manufacturing, low weight, high stiffness, and excellent resistance to fatigue. This material system is being evaluated by Siemens Wind Power for its next generation wind turbine blades. The revolutionary system received the 2014 Innovation Award from JEC in the Sustainability category.
Wind turbine rotor and blades

The novel composite system is based on DSM’s Beyone™ 201-A-01, a resin that is styrene-free, cobalt-free (based on BluCure™ Technology), and 40 % bio based. The use of this resin brings faster resin infusion and requires only limited post-cure. The system also incorporates 3B’s novel SE3030 glass rovings. Through an optimized sizing applied on the glass filaments an excellent fibre/resin interaction is obtained, resulting in improved composite properties for long-lasting blade operation.

For Siemens the new composite system provides many benefits, including a major reduction in blade manufacturing cost and an increased process output,” explains Karsten Schibsbye, Manager Next Generation Blade Project, Siemens Wind Power.

Peace-of-mind is what the new system brings to energy providers,” adds Povl Brøndsted of DTU Wind Energy, “as the resilient material system means the blades keep turning day-after-day producing energy.”

"The parties were able to demonstrate that through co-creation a complex technology can be evaluated at record speed and prepared for live application in line with market requirements,” mentions Onur Tokgoz, Wind Energy Global Business Leader at 3B – the fibreglass company. “This is truly an innovative approach for improving both end-use performance and sustainability.

“The JEC show in Paris is at the beating heart of the Global Composites industry”, comments Fons Harbers, Commercial Director EMEAI DSM Composite Resins. “We are delighted that the new composite system has received such an important award and got the industry recognition it deserves”.

3B-the fibreglass company

3B-the fibreglass company is a leading developer and supplier of fibreglass products and technologies for the reinforcement of thermoplastic and thermoset polymers. This dynamic and entrepreneurial company has three state-of-the-art fibreglass manufacturing facilities in Battice (Belgium), Birkeland (Norway) and Goa (India) as well as a dedicated R&D Centre located in the heart of Europe. 3B’s ambition is to be the preferred supplier of value creating, innovative glass fibre solutions for automotive and wind. This growth agenda builds upon three strategic drivers that are sustainability, technological innovation and a global presence to most effectively service our international customers.

The company is the only major fibreglass producer operating fully 100 percent boron-free glass fibre manufacturing platforms with ECR glass formulations delivering significantly improved corrosion resistance, enhanced stiffness, higher temperature resistance and longer service life. The company operates a unique eco-responsible and high performance glass technology, HiPer-tex™, in its Norwegian plant. This well established brand combines durability with eco-responsibility and versatility, making HiPer-tex the material of choice for a wide range of industries. With a sound foundation of unique assets, 3B is committed to designing reliable and durable fibreglass solutions available globally.

Siemens Wind Power

Siemens Wind Power is a part of the Siemens Energy Sector, the world’s leading supplier of a broad spectrum of products, services and solutions for power generation in thermal power plants and using renewables, power transmission in grids and for the extraction, processing and transport of oil and gas. In fiscal 2013 (ended September 30), the Energy Sector had revenues of EUR26.6 billion, received new orders totaling approximately EUR28.8 billion and posted a profit of approximately EUR2 billion. On September 30, 2013, the Energy Sector had a work force of approximately 83,500.

DTU Wind Energy

For almost two centuries DTU, Technical University of Denmark, has been dedicated to fulfilling the vision of H.C. Ørsted – the father of electromagnetism – who founded the university in 1829 to develop and create value using the natural sciences and the technical sciences to benefit society. Today, DTU is ranked as one of the foremost technical universities in Europe, continues to set new records in the number of publications, and persistently increase and develop our partnerships with industry, and assignments accomplished by DTU’s public sector consultancy.

DTU Wind Energy is a globally leading centre for wind energy with technical-scientific competences in the international front and with a unique integration of research, education and public/private sector consulting.