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WALiD project to introduce thermoplastic composite materials into wind blade applications

News International-French

16 May 2013

A project kick off meeting was held over two days at The Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT).  This was an opportunity for all members of the consortium to meet and for various key points to be explained such as responsibilities of work package leaders and tasks for the next six months.

The project consortium consists of 11 partners who have secured €3,964,797 of EU funding for research to  introduce thermoplastic composite materials and processing into wind blade applications.

The power generated by off-shore wind turbines is proportional to the rotor plane area of the blade. However,  the weight of large blades puts the materials used under considerable strain, leading to shorter operational life.

Off-shore wind turbines operate under harsh conditions and despite these critical technical requirements for  strength and stability, the materials must be cost-efficient and recyclable. The key innovation in WALiD is the  introduction of thermoplastic composite materials and processing into wind blade applications.

An 11 strong European consortium has secured 3,964,797 euros of EU funding for development of cost effective materials for larger blades for off-shore wind energy applications. The research leading to these results has  received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013).

The WALiD project will run for four years.