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The full polyurethane wind turbine blade, from the spar cap to the shear web and the shell, is made entirely of polyurethane infusion resin. (Source: Covestro)

Materials manufacturer Covestro has developed a 64.2 m long wind turbine blade made completely of polyurethane. According to Covestro, the blade, made jointly with Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Goldwind, and wind blade manufacturer LZ Blades, is the world’s first polyurethane resin large-scale wind turbine blade of this length. The full polyurethane wind turbine blade, from the spar cap to the shear web and the shell, is made entirely of polyurethane infusion resin, making it the first of its kind in the global wind power industry. Extensive static and dynamic fatigue tests are being carried out to evaluate the durability of the wind turbine blade before small-scale production commences in 2020.

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Eleven leading companies from six countries have founded the Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) under the leadership of nova-Institute (Germany).The initiative was officially launched in a virtual press conference on 23 September 2020. The aim of the initiative is to support and speed up the transition from fossil carbon to renewable carbon for all organic chemicals and materials. More than 100 well-known experts personally support the initiative. Companies, start-ups and institutes are welcome to join the initiative as a member.

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SPE Central Europe is calling for innovative plastic automtive components to be submitted to the prestigious SPE Automotive Awards.

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BASF announced that it has expanded the application range of its simulation tool Ultrasim. As of now, the CAE tool also calculates component concepts based on elastomers, especially Elastollan, BASF’s thermoplastic polyurethane. According to the company, the simulation covers the entire process chain from initial processing to the mechanical properties of the final product. Among the special features of the simulation are options to simulate both the initial load and cyclic loads of a component.

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Stepan Company announced that, through subsidiaries in Mexico, it has closed on an agreement with Clariant (Mexico) S.A. de C.V. to acquire Clariant's anionic surfactant business and associated sulfation equipment located in Santa Clara, Mexico. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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SPE has announced its Call for Technical Papers for Antec 2021. According to SPE, the event attracts over 3,000 plastics professionals from around the world with job functions encompassing managers, engineers, research and development, academia, operations, and consulting. Technical papers submitted for consideration for presentation at Antec 2021 will focus on the latest in industrial, national laboratory and academic work.

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In cooperation with TBD Media Group, the Bloomberg media corporation analysed and evaluated the commitment of industrial companies from a wide range of sectors and defined the 50 most sustainable and climate-aware companies worldwide. Engel is the only plastics machinery manufacturer to be included.

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BBG has presented a concept for HP-RTM molds that allows for the quick and reproducible manufacturing of compact, modular hydrogen tanks, which are made of carbon-fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) and can be used in many vehicle types. The tank modules are autonomously produced in self-closing molds. The process does not require a press or further production equipment, such as autoclaves for curing, said the company.

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Covestro announced that in its complete orientation towards the circular economy, the company relies on close cooperation with all partners in the value-added cycle. A current example is a cooperation with the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Guangzhou, China, and with NANOxARCH, a local startup focused on sustainable material design. They developed a mobile outdoor logo installation made of recycled plastics for the consulate. This prototype is part of a logo concept that could inspire other Dutch embassies and consulates globally which is in alignment with their ambitious sustainability development goals (SDG's). The background is a rebranding campaign by the Dutch government, which is working on improving the national image and which wants to achieve that its country is in future only referred to as "Netherlands" and no longer as "Holland".

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Chemical Recycling Europe and Polymer Comply Europe (PCE) have decided to postpone their 2nd European Chemical Recycling Conference scheduled to take place on 10 and 11 September 2020 to spring 2021.

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