Albuquerque, New Mexico 2021-01-14 15:51:21 –
Albuquerque, New Mexico (KRQE) – Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have shown that new carbon fiber materials, if developed commercially, could bring cost and performance benefits to the wind industry. I took the lead. According to Sandia, carbon fiber-containing wind blades are 25% lighter than those made of traditional fiberglass materials, so they can be longer, giving more energy in windy areas. It can be imported.
According to Brandon Ennis, a wind energy researcher at Sandia National Labs, carbon fiber materials are highly fatigue resistant, so switching to carbon fiber can extend blade life. The project is funded by the Wind Energy Technology Department of the Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Department, and partners include Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Montana State University.
Sandia National Labs reports that of all wind turbine manufacturers, only one uses carbon fiber materials extensively in blade design. Sandia states that wind turbine blades are the world’s largest integrated composite structure, and if Ennis is a material that competes with fiberglass reinforcement on a cost-value basis, the wind industry will be the largest market for carbon fiber material weight. Explain that the composite material was commercially available.
However, the wind and carbon fiber industries are not currently overlapping. In a press release by Sandia, the wind industry uses only commercially available materials to design wind turbine blades, and carbon fiber manufacturers are a hurdle to innovation as a result of the high cost of capital associated with the introduction of new production lines in the wind industry. He says he is facing.
The research team studies low-cost carbon fiber developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and compares the cost-specific properties of interest to the wind industry to outperform today’s commercial materials. I found that. Sandia reports that Ennis and his colleagues have discovered that the new carbon fiber material has 56% higher compressive strength per dollar than commercially available carbon fiber.
Ennis also explained that other results of using new carbon fiber in the blade design include weight reduction and extended fatigue life.
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