Scottsdale, Ariz. (September 17, 2015) – The wind industry continues the trend toward longer blades, not just to support greater nameplate capacity, but to squeeze more kilowatts from turbines in lower wind speeds. With these longer blades the industry faces limitations in transportation and logistics that must be overcome to help increase wind energy development across the United States.
This week the US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) announced awards totaling $1.8 Million for the development of wind turbine blades to access wind resources and to reduce costs. Two awards were made, one to General Electric (Schenectady, NY) and one to Wetzel Engineering, Inc. (Pflugerville, TX). The common element of both awards is that each of these companies chose TPI Composites as their manufacturing partner for the development of low-cost, lightweight, field assembled wind turbine blades. This will unlock the potential of large-scale, on-shore wind and ensure the continued drive toward the lowest possible cost of wind generated power.
For more information see: http://energy.gov/eere/articles/energy-department-awards-18-million-develop-wind-turbine-blades-access-better-wind
About TPI Composites, Inc.
TPI Composites is the largest U.S.-based independent manufacturer of composite wind blades for the high-growth wind energy market. TPI also provides high strength, lightweight and durable composite products to the transportation market. TPI delivers high-quality, cost effective composite solutions through long term partnerships with leading manufacturers. TPI operates factories throughout the U.S., Mexico, China and Turkey. For more information about TPI, go to www.tpicomposites.com.