JEC Group have brought together the international community of composites leaders and executives in our Composites Circle as an unique networking opportunity to meet with both peers and future partners.
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.More information:www.eu-walid.com