Composiflex, a global supplier of composite products based in Erie, Pa., has announced it is entering the wind energy industry to support the needs of wind turbine manufacturers.
Composiflex is enhancing its capabilities in order to offer technology advances for wind turbines with a rated capacity of 100 kW or less. The company says it will focus on lighter-weight blades, which can reduce cut-in speed and increase power generation capacity.
Lighter-weight blades also decrease transportation and installation costs. However, while the blades need to be lightweight, they must also be durable and strong. Fiber-reinforced polymers, such as fiberglass and especially carbon, offer some of the highest strength-to-density ratios of all engineering materials, the company says.