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TRENDS DECEMBER 2018 14 CompositesWorld MONTH IN REVIEW ULA selects Blue Origin's BE-4 Engine to power Vulcan The liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueled booster will be powered by a pair of BE-4 engines, each producing 550,000 lb of sea level thrust. 10/3/18 | Hexagon announces third composite hydrogen tank contract for fuel cell vehicles A third automotive OEM commits to Hexagon Composites as supplier of composite hydrogen tanks for fuel cell vehicles. 10/12/18 | Northrop Grumman and Airbus finalize Wing of Tomorrow program agreement The agreement positions Northrop Grumman for work on next-generation compos- ites manufacturing technology. 10/16/18 | 3A Composites balsa core material selected by US Navy The company's BALTEK SB balsa core has received ABS Certification and is currently the only balsa core material approved for the US Navy shipbuilding programs. 10/15/18 | MultiMechanics and Opterus R&D partner on HSCs for space applications The two companies are collaborating in response to a NASA solicitation seeking further exploration of the use of thin-ply high-strain composites (HSC) for space applications. 10/15/18 | Notes about newsworthy events recently covered on the CW Web site. For more information about an item, key its link into your browser. Up-to-the-minute news | IACMI consortium aims to close the loop on automotive carbon fiber prepreg scrap Carbon fiber recycling start-up VartegaŒleads a project to close the loop on automotive carbon fiber prepreg manufacturing scrap for use in new automotive applications. 10/16/18 | Aston Martin and TenCate partner on Valkyrie hypercar TenCate to supply advanced composite materials for a broad range of end-use applications throughout the car. 10/18/18 | LM Wind Power to supply wind turbine blades for Goldwind 3-4-MW onshore platform The agreement covers three variants and includes 66.9m and 69.0m blade lengths. 10/19/18 | Scorpius Space Launch Company unveils carbon fiber cryogenic high-pressure tanks SSLC's vessels are built with carbon fiber materials and the company's proprietary Sapphire 77 cryogenic resin system and feature anti-slosh ba"es. 10/23/18 | American Magic announces Airbus as innovation partner in America's Cup bid Airbus will allocate engineering resources and modeling expertise to assist in the design optimization of American Magic's future AC75 racing boat. 10/24/18 | ENERGY GE Renewable Energy (Paris, France) launched its new Cypress onshore turbine platform, and the next model from that platform, GE's 5.3-158 turbine. The platform advances the technology of GE's 2-MW and 3-MW fleets. It serves an installed base of nearly 20 GW while also using architecture and innovations from the 4.8-158 turbine, which was intro- duced in 2017. The Cypress platform, which also includes the 4.8-158, is powered by a two-piece carbon fiber blade design, enabling blades to be manufactured at even longer lengths and improving logistics to o•er more siting options. According to GE Renewable Energy, the new design enables blade assembly onsite, reducing the costs for permitting equip- ment and road work required for transporting longer blades. Cypress is designed to scale over time, enabling GE to o•er a wider array of power ratings and hub heights to GE launches onshore wind turbine with two-piece carbon fiber blades meet customer needs throughout the 5-MW range. Longer blades improve annual energy production (AEP) and help drive down the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE). GE says the proprietary design of the new blades will allow these larger turbines to be installed in locations that were previ- ously inaccessible. Source | GE Renewable Energy

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