St. Paul, Minn.-based 3M has formed a renewable energy division. This organization will enable 3M to maximize the company's technologies, products and responsiveness to the renewable energy industry. The products within the new division will include those currently sold to the industry, new products created for the renewable energy market and products adapted from existing technologies. The division falls within 3M's industrial and transportation business and will focus on energy generation and energy management.
Michael Roman, currently vice president for business development of the company's optical systems division in Asia, will lead 3M's renewable energy division.
Within the new division, two business units have been established to serve this industry: energy generation, led by Business Director Tracy Anderson, and energy management led by Business Director Ranjit Thakur.
For energy generation, 3M will bring to bear solar energy, wind energy, geothermal and biofuel product solutions such as films, tapes, coatings, encapsulants, sealants and adhesives that help reduce the cost of renewable energy.
With the formation of the renewable energy division, 3M will focus its expertise in films, tapes, coatings and adhesives to enhance wind turbine reliability and efficiency. 3M's technologies may be leveraged to mitigate erosion, fouling and icing of blades, as well as enhance blade aerodynamics.