LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY (May 11, 1:45 p.m. ET) — Bayer MaterialScience AG announced May 11 that it will set up a development center for wind energy at its site in Otterup, Denmark. This center will spearhead and coordinate the global development activities for advanced materials used in wind-energy applications.
BMS has appointed Kim Harnow Klausen to lead the new centre in addition to his current responsibility as managing director of Bayer MaterialScience A/S, Denmark.
The center will bundle the development capabilities from BMS' entire portfolio of polyurethanes, polycarbonates, coatings, adhesives and specialties materials.
CEO Patrick Thomas called the project an opportunity to deploy the company's expertise in chemistry and processing to help cut the cost of generating energy from wind turbines.
BMS sees Denmark as an obvious site for this work, as it has expertise in wind power and a leading position in energy efficiency. Data from the Danish Wind Industry Association (DWIA) shows that wind power already accounts for more than 20 percent of the total power consumption in Denmark, and the country plans to increase this to up to 50 percent by 2020.