Big challenges: the role of resin in wind turbine rotor blade development

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The demand for bigger wind turbines, powered by longer blades, has placed many challenges on the blade manufacturers and their suppliers. This Reinforced Plastics feature reviews the history of blade manufacture and the challenges facing resin suppliers to the wind energy industry today.

When the first multi-megawatt (MW) wind turbine prototype was built in the early 1980s, the wind energy industry saw its future. And it was big.

The challenges which this has placed on blade manufacturers and their resin suppliers are many. This feature, published in the January/February 2010 issue of Reinforced Plastics magazine, identifies the key issues both historically and on the horizon.

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