Zurich, February 9, 2023 – Gurit is honoured to announce that it has been nominated for the 2023 JEC Innovation Awards in the Renewable Energy category.

Following a rigorous selection process from hundreds of submissions, Gurit is proud to be selected as one of three finalists in the Renewable Energy category for its ‘OptiCore’ design engineering software platform for wind turbine blade lightweighting currently under development. OptiCore enables more efficient core kits for wind blades – considering mechanical properties, geometrical fit, blade weight, resin uptake, manufacturing cost, and time-to-market.

Key benefits to the customer include improved first time fit for drapability and less iterations due to optimized core kitting. The software manages multiple variables where a human would struggle, as it is being developed to have the ability to explore multiple designs quickly and in parallel. This results in improved wind blade mechanical properties as well as overall cost and weight savings, ultimately contributing to shorter development time and further cost reduction for renewable wind energy generation. OptiCore achieves this through allowing a reduction in materials needed, mainly resin, thus reducing the environmental impact of resin production and disposal, as well as the weight of the finished blade.

For a permanently rotating structure over 20 years, this weight reduction has a very positive impact on additional energy production and reduced wear-and-tear on the wind turbine.

Simon Kristoffersen, Senior Expert, Systems Processes for Gurit, says “We are proud to have received this nomination and such positive feedback on the OptiCore project. It is testament to the hard work of the teams involved in bringing this exciting platform to fruition”.

Winners of the awards will be announced on March 2, 2023 in Paris, France. Gurit experts will be present at the JEC World exhibition in Paris, April 25-27, 2023 in hall 5A, booth L22 and provide more details about the OptiCore optimal core kit design platform.

About the JEC Innovation Awards
Since their creation more than twenty years ago, the JEC Innovation Awards celebrate successful projects and cooperation between players in the composites industry. JEC Group rewards the best cutting-edge and ingenious projects using composites to their full potential. JEC is the leading international organization entirely dedicated to the promotion of the composite materials industry and of their applications.

About Gurit
The subsidiaries of Gurit Holding AG, Wattwil/Switzerland, (SIX Swiss Exchange: GURN) are specialized on the development and manufacture of advanced composite materials, composite tooling equipment and core kitting services. The product range comprises structural core materials, structural profiles, fibre reinforced prepregs, formulated products such as adhesives, resins as well as structural composite engineering. Gurit supplies global growth markets such as the wind turbine industry, marine, building & construction and many more. Gurit operates production sites and offices in Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, Ecuador, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States.

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