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Saturday, October 04, 2003

RPEBW To Speed Construction of Offshore Wind Turbines and Cut Costs

Ever hear of a technique known as "Reduced Pressure Electron Beam Welding" (RPEBW)? I hadn't either until I came across this piece,
TWI Technology Promises to Accelerate Production Time and Halve Costings
, Business Weekly - UK (9/30/03).
According to the article, RPEBW (which is described in more detail in the article) could be used in the construction of offshore wind turbine towers and is expected to speed up production by as much as ten times and cut production costs by half. The company that developed the technology is confident that it can be putinto commercial use within two years - which will perhaps enable offshore wind farms to be more profitable with reduced reliance on subsidies or incentives.


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