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FEATURE “Wind energy” Dual focus needed for wind energy The goal for wind blade fabricators today is reliable quality and delivery to maintain trust because their customers are committing to very big contracts and need suppliers who will help them make good on their commitments. The challenge for suppliers is to support this need while also working on longer-term projects that can transform and grow the market. CLAUDE VAN HOORNWEDER GLOBAL WIND ENERGY MANAGER OCV TECHNICAL FABRICS WISDOM DZOTSI MARKETING LEADER, AMERICAS OCV REINFORCEMENTS I nvestors today are often accused of having a short-term focus and only being interested in this quarter’s results. Critics pine for the days when a longer-term outlook was more prevalent. In wind energy today it is clear that both perspectives must be aggressively pursued for long-term, profitable market growth. From our perspective as materials suppliers, here is an overview of the situation today in wind energy: - Wind turbines are sold out for this year and next; if you want to order one today you won’t get it until 2010 - Blade fabricators are now focused on reliability in quality and delivery as the key to maintaining close working relationships with their customers - Wind turbine manufacturers are focused on installed cost and adding capacity so quickly that no one can attend all of the groundbreaking and dedication ceremonies - For longer-term market growth, there is an urgent need for innovations and new technology that will enable wind energy to be more competitive with other forms of energy market. While there is still plenty of risk, more and more we are seeing capacity being built by companies with sales contracts already in hand. Richard Morrison, President and CEO of Molded Fiber Glass Companies (MFG), a privately held enterprise headquartered in Ashtabula, Ohio, USA, told us MFG is delighted to participate in the growth of the wind energy market today but it has been a bumpy ride. His company got into the market in the late 1980s and it was very up and down before several large companies got into the business and it took off. Focus - Reliable quality and delivery are the keys to building trust among the partners in wind energy - Market growth is being driven by the world’s huge appetite for energy - The industry needs to continue to evolve and adopt new technology to be more competitive with traditional forms of energy Trust In the wind blade fabrication business, companies don’t build capacity and hope that someone will buy. Wind blade fabricators – where they are independent from the turbine manufacturers – go into a market with a partner who will buy their initial production. This works well for both parties because there are assured sources of supply and purchase. How long the relationship lasts depends on how well they work together and therefore building trust is very important to both parties. In recent years some very large companies have entered the market and they are committing to very big numbers for turbine delivery. They need a reliable supplier who knows what he is doing to assure them they can make good on their commitments. The goal for wind blade fabricators is therefore now reliable quality and delivery to build or maintain trust. If a fabricator finds a problem in a blade, it can’t be shipped. The problem needs to be rectified before the blade goes to the field and damages the company’s relationship with its customer. There is also a need for raw material supply security as the industry continues to grow. Significant investments in new raw material Sold Out Wind turbine producers are currently obsessed with installed cost. They have a full order book and can sell everything they make. Production is currently being constrained by a lack of gear boxes and bearings. We are also seeing bottlenecks around the production of blades and other components. It is an oversimplification to say wind energy “sells itself” but it is certainly no longer unproven technology. Wind energy is by far the most widely used form of renewable energy and it has gained a certain momentum. The people who make equipment no longer need to sell the concept; it is getting a substantial push from governmental agencies, power companies, communities, investors and sustainability promoters. Some years ago there was a lot of risk involved in the wind energy JEC Composites Magazine / No40 May 2008

JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008

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NEWS WORLDWIDE | Companies
Nippon Graphite Fiber increases production capacity
World’s largest ECR glass fibre plant
CPIC and Abahsain set up glass fibre joint venture
Airbus negotiations called off in Germany
A400M static testing
Agenda of events
Equipment: non destructive control
BUSINESS
Market survey: India
Trends | Two major sustainable development challenges: raw materials and energy
Niche market | Taking up the rapid manufacturing challenge
Human capital |Choosing the right opportunity
FEATURE | Wind energy : Market update
History : Not just another windmill story
Process : An experimental vertical-axis wind turbine system
Composite manufacturing process for wind energy
Materials technology for the wind energy market
Equipment : The perfect mixture
USERS’ PLATFORM
Composites in the world : Bamboo helmet
Very exclusive business cards
World’s First Integrated Wind Turbines
Solar energy and hydrogen powered plane
Successful partners : Art nesting in a composite bower
Applications : A Hybrid composite carbody for korean tilting train
KNOW-HOW : Environment
Coupling agent : Composite stone
Process
Bonding : INDAR
Special Asia
News
Application
Products from exhibitors
Participating companies
Singapore today
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - CPIC and Abahsain set up glass fibre joint venture
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - A400M static testing
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Agenda of events
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Equipment: non destructive control
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - BUSINESS
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Market survey: India
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Trends | Two major sustainable development challenges: raw materials and energy
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Niche market | Taking up the rapid manufacturing challenge
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Human capital |Choosing the right opportunity
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - FEATURE | Wind energy : Market update
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - History : Not just another windmill story
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Process : An experimental vertical-axis wind turbine system
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Composite manufacturing process for wind energy
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Materials technology for the wind energy market
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Equipment : The perfect mixture
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - USERS’ PLATFORM
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Very exclusive business cards
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Solar energy and hydrogen powered plane
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Successful partners : Art nesting in a composite bower
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Applications : A Hybrid composite carbody for korean tilting train
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - KNOW-HOW : Environment
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Coupling agent : Composite stone
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Process
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Bonding : INDAR
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Special Asia
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - News
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - III
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Application
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Products from exhibitors
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Participating companies
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - VII
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Singapore today
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