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New erosion protection for offshore wind turbines

Danish Researchers have developed an innovative coating system which significantly increases the performance of offshore wind turbine blades.

The harsh offshore environment with heavy rain causes the blades to erode, leading to a significant reduction in efficiency and energy production. To overcome this problem, new technologies are being tested under the European project Windtrust. The new coating lowers the costs of maintenance and downtime.

Offshore wind turbines play an increasingly important role in renewable power generation. In 2015, for the second year in a row, Denmark set the world record for wind power, producing 42% of its electricity from wind turbines.

 

By Corinna Barnstedt

19 April 2016

 

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This project has received funding
from the European Union's Seventh Programme for research,
technological development and demonstration under the grant agreement No 322449