Story of Nordisk AeroForm ApS - and ReFiber Aps - in short.
Erik Grove-Nielsen founded the first Danish serial production of Fibreglass Rotor Blades for Wind Turbines:
Økær Vind Energi at Sparkær and later Mønsted. Self builders in Europe were main customers in the beginning.
Later the emerging industry bought our blades:
Adolfsen/Kuriant * Vestas * Bonus (Now Siemens)* Nordtank (Later NEG-Micon, now Vestas) * Enercon.
Main products were 5 meter Blades for 30 kW and 7.5 meter Blades for 55 kW Turbines.
We entered into a License Contract with Coronet/Alternegy, who then produced the Blades, now named AEROSTAR.
Erik Grove-Nielsen continued to perform the Blade design and calculations. Our Company name was changed to Danish AeroForm ApS.
Besides an export to 26 countries world wide, Alternegy supplied 7.5 and 9 meter blades for most of the Danish 55 kW and 99 kW Wind Turbines shipped for the Californian Wind Rush in the eighties.
Danish AeroForm ApS established a facility for fatigue test of 4 blades simultaneously at Sparkær, Denmark.
Danish AeroForm ApS built Blade Test facilities at Sparkær, later known as The Sparkær Centre.
RISOE National Laboratory rented the Sparkær Centre and Erik Grove-Nielsen was employed by RISOE as head of Blade Test operations.
RISOE National Laboratory purchased the Sparkær Centre and enlarged the facility with a new Test Hall and new Test Rigs for Blades up to 45 m length.
At the same time test activities were accredited by DANAK.
Erik Grove-Nielsen left the Sparkær Centre to concentrate work at his private engineering consultancy company - Nordisk AeroForm ApS - at Roslev.
Among the projects are the development of a recycling system for worn out Wind Turbine blades and other items of composite materials.
A 6 meter long prototype pyrolysis oven is built and tested with wind turbine blades from United Kingdom, Germany and Denmark.
The first patent describing the gasification process, is applied for.
ReFiber ApS is founded by Nordisk AeroForm ApS. Teknologisk Innovation of Copenhagen supports the project and becomes shareholder.
Techniques for cutting and sorting recycled fibres are developed in cooperation with industrial firms.
Sample fibreglass parts are made from recycled material at ReFiber, and at The Technological Institute of Copenhagen.
Erik Grove-Nielsen - Closing the circle - From early glass fibre Blade production to recycling the materials of worn out Wind Turbine Blades.