REFORM at the EWEA Offshore conference
REFORM had a booth at EWEA 2015, the leading conference for Offshore Manufacture, to take project results into industry. There was a lot of interest the work done by SICOMP on recycling composite materials, which are used primarily in the turbine blades. In the new, large, turbines, each blade is of a similar size to the wingspan of an Airbus 380.
Augmented reality for ply lay-up and machining methods also gathered a lot of interest.
As well as promoting new REFORM technologies, the stand also hosted information on other projects in the clean manufacturing cluster and handed out information on the AREUS project which is developing sustainable robotic automation methods and on FOCUS which is an umbrella project which will help to promote the work of five distinct clusters covering 21 projects. FOCUS will also develop roadmaps for each of the five clusters and show other projects how to improve the transfer of new technologies to industry. At EWEA, the focus was definitely on capability acquisition and FOCUS offers a means for companies to hear about the latest results from a number of projects.