U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Advanced Manufacturing Office
Metals, Chemical, Fiberglass Industries Meet to Discuss Cheaper Wind Turbine Manufacturing Options
October 24, 2001
To address the need for high-volume, low-cost components for wind turbines,
with a goal of lowering the overall cost of wind power, the U.S. Department of
Energy (DOE) Offices of Power Technologies and Industrial Technologies (OPT
and OIT) co-sponsored a technology forum, Supplying Advanced Materials and
Components for Wind Power Systems, on August 29, 2001 in Salt Lake City,
Utah. Forty-eight attendees from aluminum, chemical, composite material,
fiberglass, metal casting, plastics, and steel industries met with wind turbine
manufacturers to identify useful new materials and manufacturing processes.
The forum was held in conjunction with OIT Utah 2001 Industry
Showcase. The primary purpose of the workshop was to identify methods to
improve the performance and lower the costs of both small and large wind power
Presentations at the forum featured wind industry representatives, potential
manufacturing partners, and DOE:
- Denise Swink, Deputy Assistant Secretary for
Industrial Technologies at DOE, opened the meeting discussing the role for
cooperation between manufacturing industries and the wind power industry.
- P.J. Dougherty from OPT presented an overview of the
wind industry and DOE efforts to promote increased use of wind power
- Kirk Pierce from Enron Wind described large turbine
manufacturing issues and needs.
- David Jones from Southwest Windpower discussed
similar issues from a small turbine manufacturer perspective.
- Dan Ancona from Princeton Energy Resources International presented a
keynote Fact Sheet that projects growth in materials needed to satisfy the
domestic and global markets for wind machines through 2010. This Fact
Sheet is available from the OIT Clearinghouse at 1-800-862-2086.
Manufacturing presentations were given by the following individuals from the
plastics, steel, composite material, and aluminum industries, respectively:
- John Ciovacco, Cyclics Corporation
- Wayne Parcel, The Timken Corporation
- Michael Sandlin, Hexcel Composites
- David Williams, Alcoa
Each presenter discussed innovative materials and processes that may benefit
the wind power industry. The meeting concluded with a facilitated
discussion that identified key technical needs and opportunities, strategic
partnerships, and potential next steps for action.
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