As the wind energy market continues to grow and evolve new challenges must be addressed and overcome. Wind turbine blades are now larger than ever to boost energy creation capacity and the extra size must be supportive with strong, durable, and lightweight materials.
Sustainability is also a key focus and members of the wind energy industry supply chain are striving to create new methods and materials to meet lofty sustainability goals. Thermoplastics PET foams are cost-effective, offer consistent material properties, and allow for easier recycling of wind turbine blades.
SABIC’s new LNP™ COLORCOMP™ compound offers a decreased foam cell size when compared to standard nucleating agents. With uniform cell size distribution COLORCOMP reduces resin uptake by the foam and leads to a lighter weight wind blade.