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Wind Manufacturing

NREL is partnering with industry to improve blade manufacturing by developing advanced composites, components, and processes that enable the production of recyclable blades that are stronger, longer, and less expensive to manufacture.

A thermoplastics wind turbine blade undergoing testing at NREL.

Capabilities

NREL supports advanced manufacturing through wind-related capabilities and projects.


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Advanced Thermoplastic Resins for Manufacturing Wind Turbine Blades

NREL's Composites Manufacturing Education and Technology Facility is producing wind turbine blade components with Arkema's Elium liquid thermoplastic resin that have the potential to be recycled at the end of a wind turbine's life span.


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The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation

Building on its 30-year history of collaboration with major wind turbine original equipment manufacturers and U.S. blade manufacturers, NREL leads the wind turbine technology area of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation.