in News Departments > New & Noteworthy
print the content item

St. Paul, Minn.-based 3M has formed a renewable energy division. This organization will enable 3M to maximize the company's technologies, products and responsiveness to the renewable energy industry. The products within the new division will include those currently sold to the industry, new products created for the renewable energy market and products adapted from existing technologies. The division falls within 3M's industrial and transportation business and will focus on energy generation and energy management.

Michael Roman, currently vice president for business development of the company's optical systems division in Asia, will lead 3M's renewable energy division.

Within the new division, two business units have been established to serve this industry: energy generation, led by Business Director Tracy Anderson, and energy management led by Business Director Ranjit Thakur.

For energy generation, 3M will bring to bear solar energy, wind energy, geothermal and biofuel product solutions such as films, tapes, coatings, encapsulants, sealants and adhesives that help reduce the cost of renewable energy.

With the formation of the renewable energy division, 3M will focus its expertise in films, tapes, coatings and adhesives to enhance wind turbine reliability and efficiency. 3M's technologies may be leveraged to mitigate erosion, fouling and icing of blades, as well as enhance blade aerodynamics.

SOURCE: 3M


Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Senate Passes Tax Extenders Bill With Wind PTC Extension

The legislation, which passed in the U.S. House earlier this month, will renew the critical production tax credit through the end of 2014 - giving developers only about two weeks left to start construction.


Transmission Study Shows Nebraska Could Handle A Lot More Wind Power

A new report released by the Nebraska Power Review Board finds that the state already has enough infrastructure to accommodate at least 2 GW of additional wind generation.


Can Wind Energy And Birds Coexist? Environmental Group Says Yes

The Environmental Defense Fund, a supporter of responsible wind energy development, points out ways to help mitigate impacts of turbines on birds and bats.


Another Study Finds Wind Turbines Do Not Affect Nearby Property Values

Research conducted by the University of Guelph focused on regions in Ontario, and the conclusion echoes that of previous studies.


Too Little, Too Late? U.S. House Approves Wind PTC Extension

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a tax extenders package that would renew the wind production tax credit (PTC) and about 50 other expired tax breaks through 2014. The wind industry argues the short-term fix is virtually no fix at all.

Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015