Wind Energy

The wind industry has been increasing blade length approximately 6.5 feet per year over the last 10 years. The growth can be attributed, in part, to a developing offshore wind market and larger wind turbines with longer blades. The increase in length has allowed the industry to increase production by using larger turbines and, therefore, lower the cost of energy.


Properties and Benefits

  • Light weight
  • Ability to spin faster and capture winds at lower velocity
  • Design flexibility for complex shapes
  • Easy to repair
  • Longer blade life
  • Better turbine performance
  • Reduction in turbine loads
  • High strength
  • Corrosion resistance

Applications and Products

  • Onshore and Offshore Wind Turbine Blades
  • Nacelles
  • Foundation Towers
  • Rotors
  • Generators
  • Shafts and Gearboxes

Case Studies

America’s First Offshore Wind Farm

Long 73.5-meter blades are producing the power for Deepwater Wind’s new Block Island Wind Farm off the coast of Rhode Island. The five-turbine, 30-megawatt wind farm, the first offshore wind energy installation in the U.S., began feeding electricity into the New England power grid last December. Learn More

GE’s Recycled Turbine Blades

For the past few years, Bothell, Wash.-based Global Fiberglass Solutions Inc. (GFSI) has succeeded in taking GFRP wind turbine blades and recycling them into new products like manhole covers and building walkways. In less than 10 years of existence, GFSI has already built an impressive clientele featuring some of the biggest names in wind energy, including GE. Learn More

IACMI 9-Meter Turbine Blade

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, IACMI, a Manufacturing USA institute driven by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the U.S. Department of Energy, led a team of industry and government partners to fabricate an advanced technology wind turbine blade. Learn More