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NEWS 15 CompositesWorld.com Helicopters for wind market Airbus Helicopters (Marignane, France) reports that it is looking at wind farms as a business segment that is under- going global growth. The company expects demand for up to a thousand helicopters over the coming two decades, corresponding to revenues of approximately €9 billion. "Helicopters are an integral part of any logistics concept for offshore wind farms," says Dennis Bernitz, head of Western Europe sales. "Our helicopters can complete missions for wind farms in a particularly quick, economi- cal, safe and environmentally friendly manner. Helicopters can be used to deploy technicians or medical personnel in emergencies, even in rough seas, and can also transport operating personnel between the shore and the wind farm." According to Airbus Helicopters, helicopter transport allows personnel to avoid problems with seasickness caused by traveling by sea in rough weather conditions, reducing the possibility of mistakes being made by seasick technicians. The company claims helicopters also contribute to efficiency. With turbine output rising, leading to a higher rate of electricity production, wind farm operators rely on an efficient, rapid-response logistics system, depending on high availability to keep losses to a minimum should a malfunction occur. At the same time, wind farms are being built farther and farther from the shore. A helicopter can cover 40 nautical miles (approximately 74 km) in 20 minutes, reaching the site and returning to shore faster than a transport vessel. Airbus Helicopters has developed a logistics calculator for wind farm operators, which takes into account all relevant AEROSPACE Airbus Helicopters puts focus on offshore wind market factors — weather, location and the number of turbines in the wind farm — to determine the most economical and environmentally friendly logistics solution, including the mix of transport and special-purpose vessels. Companies do not usually purchase the means of trans- port themselves, but lease the services from operators. Airbus Helicopters offers the H135, H145 and H175 rotorcraft for crew transport, maintenance and rescue missions. In future, the H160 is also expected to be available to this market. With their two engines and four-axis autopilot, the helicopters have the ability to hover more accurately, and to safely and precisely winch down personnel or goods. Source | Airbus Helicopters Worthington Industries (Columbus, OH, US) recently announced the launch of its first fully recyclable Type IV composite cylinder for the propane (LPG) industry. Named Fourtis, the lightweight cylinder used for cooking, water heating and outdoor grilling was developed by Amtrol-Alfa (Guimarães, Portugal), a manufacturer of low-pressure steel and composite cylinders that was recently acquired by Worthington. Fourtis is a lightweight (5 kg without valve), durable, composite cylinder that is wrapped in a customizable, easy-to-clean polymeric jacket with an ergo- nomic handle. It is demountable, making reassembling easy, and is said to have lower maintenance costs than steel cylinders. The cylinder is resistant to impact, corrosion and permeability. It can be equipped with microchip technologies, such as RFID and NFC, for tracking, fast identification and real-time database assessment, which reportedly optimizes labor and filling costs. According to Worthington Industries, the Fourtis can be manufactured according to many standards, including ISO 11119-3, EN 14427 and EN 12245, for Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and South America. Worthington Industries launches recyclable composite propane cylinder Source | Worthington Industries

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