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Pittsburgh-based Bayer MaterialScience LLC has been selected to receive a $750,000 grant from the Department of Energy to support development and testing of advanced composite technologies and resin infusion processes for larger, more efficient 1.5 MW wind turbine blades.

Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Polyurethane Composites for Wind Turbine Blades is an initiative to help accelerate the development of advanced wind turbines, with a focus on overcoming technology barriers to broader application.

"We are excited by this opportunity to apply progressive, lightweight composite technologies for use in the wind energy industry," says Mike Gallagher, director of the government services group at Bayer MaterialScience. "The program puts our advanced materials to the test to advance wind energy as a commercially viable renewable energy solution."

Bayer MaterialScience will focus on materials innovations that can help harness the wind and optimize wind turbine performance to support the electric power grid.

SOURCE: Bayer MaterialScience LLC

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