The need for U.S. energy independence and economic security, coupled with the search for lower impact power sources, is driving demand for clean, alternative energy solutions like wind energy.
In order to meet increased demand for wind energy solutions, especially at utility scale, superior materials and automated manufacturing are required. Astraeus through collaboration with MAG Industrial Automation Systems can bring MAG composite skills and experience from the automated aircraft carbon fiber manufacturing industry to the Wind industry. Astraeus has recently obtained $7 million in federal funding to begin addressing the need for lower costs and better solutions for the wind energy industry with a focus on low cost machining of hubs. The additional funding requested will allow Astraeus to expand and accelerate the scope of the original federally funded project beyond automation methods for hub machining helping to address the entire rotor system including composite blades, an area of primary failure in today's market.