Irving, Texas - Composites news service Lucintel is holding a web seminar 28 May 2009 on long-term growth opportunities in the wind-energy sector.
Lucintel points out that in toady's challenging economic situation, the wind energy market may be a good market for the long term, because it has double digit rates of growth and is perceived as a green technology while also avoiding dependence upon foreign oil. According to Lucintel estimates, the wind-turbine market will reach $91 000 million per year in 2014.
Governments around the world are pushing to make wind a significant source of electrical energy, the company adds. For example, US president Barack Obama plans to have 10 percent of US electricity coming from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar by 2012 and 25 percent by 2025. And a recent (5 May 2009) energy plan from the Chinese government aims to raise that country's wind power capacity to 100 GW by 2020, providing annual growth rates of 20 percent for the wind market during the period.
To explore the opportunities and technology trends in this market, Lucintel is conducting a webinar entitled 'Emerging Technology Trends in the Wind Energy Market' on 28 May 2009 (9:00 am - 11:30 am Eastern Time).
The webinar will discuss innovations and technological advancements related to the wind energy market, with the main focus on wind blade design and manufacturing. Key questions covered will be length of next generation blades, implications these will have for new materials and strategies for lowering cost and improving blade reliability and performance.
The wind blade is the 'engine' of a wind turbine and performance of a wind turbine (capacity and cost of energy) significantly depends on blade technology. Five speakers will discuss research and technology trends in blade manufacturing.
Carl LaFrance of MFG (a GE Wind blade manufacturer), will be the keynote speaker, detailing component design, materials, tooling, process, and transportation considerations for blade manufacturing. Dr Gregor Daun from BASF will cover the use of a fast curing epoxy system for minimising investments and diluting fixed costs in blade production. Norman Timmins from Lucintel will explain the technological developments that are expected to drive improved costs and benefits.
Dr Olivier Guillermin of Vistagy will elaborate on novel manufacturing methods to develop newer and larger blade designs that are both cost effective and reliable. Rani Richardson from Dassault Systems will show how to utilise potential opportunities to optimise the expertise, IC and design characteristics of rotorcraft blade design for the wind blade market.
To learn more, visit www.lucintel.com/webinar-wind.pdf or email Tushita Roy at [email protected]