World’s Biggest Polyurethane Wind Turbine Unveiled
In the world of renewable wind energy, something big is happening. Really big. Engineers in the city of Zhuzhou in the Hunan province of China have completed delivery of a 13.7 ton 59.5-meter-long wind turbine blade — reported to be the world’s longest made from polyurethane.
The Polyurethane Advantage
The company that manufactured this giant wind turbine blade says that polyurethane has several advantages over traditional materials. Researchers found polyurethane to have better mechanical performance and higher fatigue resistance. They also say it bonds more easily to carbon fiber reinforcements that help the wind turbine blade maintain its structural integrity without adding weight.
The Future of Wind Energy
When it comes to generating energy in China, the future is driven by the wind. The country is now the world’s largest producer of wind turbines.
Scheduled installation of the new turbine is set to begin in the summer of 2019.