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China Edit – June 2021

China Edit is a monthly curation of business news and reports which have a direct impact on the Chinese – and global – composites industry.

China Edit – June 2021
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Wind energy can now be ‘all’ clean, new tech ends wind blade waste

According to a 2017 University of Cambridge study, Windmill blades will account for 43 million tonnes of waste in 2050 as most of it ends up in landfills now being hard to recycle. This will include China possessing 40% of the waste, Europe 25%, the United States 16% and the rest of the world 19%. 
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The bottlenecks which could constrain emission cuts

The bottlenecks which could constrain emission cuts

America has set a target of 30,000mw of offshore wind by 2030, the equivalent of 37 such projects. Britain, China and Germany have ambitions on a similar scale. Bernstein, a research firm, reckons that the world’s offshore-wind capacity may reach 254 gigawatts by 2030, more than seven times today’s level. 
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Chinese trains boost regional connectivity across Europe

The train has a lightweight design and uses a large number of new composite materials such as lightweight, high-strength, corrosion-resistant carbon fibers and glass carbon fibers. The weight of the entire train is only about 10 percent higher than a single-level train. 
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All the drone companies in China — a guide to the 22 top players in the Chinese UAV industry

Chinese military drones are produced by state-owned companies, in contrast to consumer drones, whose producers are almost all privately funded. But the government is increasingly involving itself in the commercial drone sector. It has opened airspace, known as Unmanned Civil Aviation Experimental Zones (UCAEZs), to commercial drone makers like EHang — the only publicly listed drone company out of China — to test aerial tourism, aerial firefighting, search and rescue, and more.  
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Mockup of China’s stealthy FC-31 fighter appears on full-size aircraft carrier testing rig

The first prototype of the FC-31 takes part in the Zhuhai air show in 2014.
The first prototype of the FC-31 takes part in the Zhuhai air show in 2014.

Adapting a modern fighter jet like the FC-31 for carrier operations is a considerable undertaking. Typically, it may involve aerodynamic changes, optimizing the aircraft for the different angles of attack encountered on takeoff and landing, perhaps including additional high-lift devices on the wing. More extensive use of composite materials may be required to prevent corrosion. Finally, for stowage on board ship, the wing panels would require folding mechanisms. 
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China’s J-10C fighter jet with domestic WS-10 Taihang engine enters Air Force Service

According to Chinese media, the WS-10B employs significant amounts of advanced materials as high-strength titanium alloys, single crystal turbine blades, advanced superalloys, and high-temperature resin-based composite materials. 
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How Matt Windle is ushering in a new era for Lotus

Lotus has already shown the first car of the Vision80 plan, the Evija, a carbon-fibre monocoque EV hypercar. Its four motors are claimed to produce a combined 1470kW, which would make it the most powerful road car in history.  
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MG6 XPower revealed: The race car inspired sports coupe you can buy soon

MG6 XPower revealed: The race car inspired sports coupe you can buy soon

The MG6 XPower is a four-door sports coupe that looks like it’s out to destroy anything in its path. The XPower MG6 model gets a wide-body design and many parts of the car have been redesigned to upgrade the aero package. It’s lower, more hunkered down and it features a massive carbon-fibre rear spoiler. 
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Appreciating Hong Kong’s dragon boat culture

Dragon boat festival. File photo: GovHK.
Dragon boat festival (@GovHK)

The International Dragon Boat Federation was founded in Hong Kong in 1991, setting in place a global framework for dragon boat equipment and racing rules. Wooden paddles and teak wood boats are still used occasionally today, but athletes now train with carbon fibre paddles and fiberglass boats on a regular basis. 
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Progressive policies transform Taiyuan’s industrial expertise

Taiyuan plans to develop five emerging industries-next-generation IT, advanced manufacturing, new composite materials, green energy and upmarket consumer goods-into new drivers for the province’s high-quality development. 
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This exquisite aerial tower by Sou Fujimoto Architects visualizes the diverse future

Constructed primarily from steel, concrete, kevlar rope, and carbon fiber, Sou Fujimoto Architects’ design for the New City Center landmark competition uses structurally sound and unadorned building material to realize a contemporary microcosm of the diverse, complex, and ever-evolving world. 
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