Posted by: Dr. Breffni Lennon | June 20, 2012

The Next Generation Materials in Turbine Blade Construction

There are ever-increasing demands being made on wind turbine materials, especially in terms of improvements in strength and weight that are expected to adequately meet the challenges being made from far greater overall sizes of wind turbines, than was the case even five years ago. James Lawson’s report for looks at the shift away from traditional glass reinforced plastics (GRPs) to carbon fibre alternatives as one route being taken by manufacturers. Despite initial costs being greater for the carbon fibre alternatives, studies suggest eventual savings of  over €100,000 can be made over the lifetime of a 3 MW turbine.

The article can be read in full here.


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