“State-of-the-art erosion” is a serious problem for large commercial wind turbine blades. This is caused by environmental impacts such as rain, hail, ice, salt and UV light. Such damage to the blade surface leads to increased drag and ultimately to reduced energy production. In addition, increased maintenance, regular blade replacement, and generator downtime increase operating costs. INEOS said in a media statement that the problem already exists in onshore equipment, but is even more acute in offshore wind farms operating under extreme conditions.
Based on the specifications defined by Edge, INEOS Styrolution has developed specific material solutions using Luran SC products. This material was the basis for the armour Edge shield, a leading edge protection solution that significantly reduces the impact of environmental factors on the leading edge of wind turbine blades. The armourEdge shield significantly reduces downtown and maintenance costs. It also increases annual energy production. The armourEdge system is currently installed in offshore wind farms operating in Northern Europe.
Styrene leader INEOS Styrolution and wind energy generation optimization innovator Edge Solutions have developed armour Edge protection for wind turbine blades based on a customized version of INEO Styrolution’s Luran SC material. Based in Germany, INEOS focuses on styrene monomer, polystyrene, ABS standards, and styrene specialties.
The Luran SC product line consists of a combination of ASA and PC. This material offers very high heat resistance, rigidity, and excellent impact strength. It is very stable against oxidation. Luran SC is the perfect material for a variety of difficult outdoor applications due to its inherent robustness.
“State-of-the-art erosion is an important issue for offshore and onshore wind turbines. As tip velocities approach 330 km / h, continuous impact from rain, hail, ice and other suspended particles damages the blade surface. Over the past four years, we have increased operational costs due to increased drag and reduced energy production, which increases maintenance downtime and ultimately blade replacement. We have worked closely with the INEOS Styrolution team to develop armourEdge products that maintain the drag characteristics of the blades and are extremely durable. Rapid installation reduces downtime and wind farm owners. Improves profitability. ” Edge, Managing Director, David Urch..
“Working with an entrepreneurial company like Edge Solutions has been very motivating. Together, we have come up with optimized material performance for a given challenge.” Ken Mac Intosh, Key Account Manager for INEOS Styrolution Said.
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INEOS & Edge in Germany is developing armourEdge protection for wind farms
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