The Department of Energy recently awarded $8 million to the University of Maine for offshore, deepwater wind energy research, and Dublin, Ohio-based Ashland Performance Materials, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc. that produces unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins, was selected as a partner in this program.
‘As the sole resin supplier to this project, we were pleased to have our efforts in resin science and development recognized by the University of Maine,’ says Ruben Bake, global marketing director for Ashland Performance Materials.
The consortium's research and development plan will optimize materials and designs for deepwater floating platforms. The group will investigate options for using lighter, corrosion-resistant hybrid composite materials, evaluate the ease of manufacturing various turbine components and explore how best to deploy such platforms.
SOURCE: Ashland Inc.