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Thursday, 13 March 2014
09:00 - 10:30 Materials: Challenges and potentials
Hardware Technology  

Room: Ponent

Session description

Time is money: how can advanced materials with high potential for driving down costs be utilised in wind energy turbines within short timeframes? What can we learn from material and component testing of products currently under certification to shorten the time-to-market of the next-generation products? Does the strong worldwide competition between turbine manufacturers accelerate the use of new materials? These questions will be discussed with a view on the introduction of a new adhesive for blade bonding, testing of rotor blades, high-strength iron for rotor shafts, and superconducting materials for new generators.

Learning objectives

  • Discover ideas on how new materials support the development of new turbine components
  • Understand the interdependence between materials development, testing and product development
  • Recognise the role of testing to decrease the time-to-market of new components
This session will be chaired by:
Hans-Gerd Busmann, Fraunhofer Institut für Windenergie und Energiesystemtechnik IWES, Germany


Ainhoa Pujana Goitia
Application of MgB2 in Superconducting Wind Turbine Generators  

Amilcar Quispitupa
DNV GL - Energy, Denmark
Blade testing – Challenges of testing large multi-megawatt blades  

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