Greenboats, Sicomin and Bcomp have been named finalists of the JEC Innovation Awards 2021.
The three project partners have been selected in the awards’ renewable energy category for their development of the first offshore nacelle manufactured with natural fiber composites (NFC).
The Green Nacelle was designed by Greenboats, who also carried out the structural engineering, manufacturing and assembly of the nacelle. It features Bcomp’s ampliTex flax reinforcements, FSC certified balsa wood cores and bio-based resins while Sicomin supplied InfuGreen 810 resin system to infuse the Green Nacelle’s main structural sandwich panels, as well as providing intumescent FR gelcoats, bio-based laminating resins and UV resistant clear coatings.
According to the companies, the Green Nacelle’s construction reduces energy consumption by over 50% compared to a nacelle made with existing glass fiber reinforced plastic (GFRP) technology.
The natural fiber composite structure also has a lower CO2 footprint and ‘introduces viable options for the end of the nacelles’ life unlike traditional GFRP structures’, the partners claim.
‘We are thrilled to be nominated as finalists for these prestigious awards and are delighted that the judges have recognized the environmental and lifecycle benefits of our natural fiber composite nacelle demonstrator for the next generation of onshore and offshore wind turbines,’ said Friedrich J. Deimann, founder and CEO of Greenboats.
The winners of the awards will be announced during JEC Connect which held on the 1 and 2 June 2021.
This story uses material from Sicomin, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.