BASF Industrial Coatings Solutions, Southfield, Mich, is celebrating 10 years of providing coating systems to the wind energy industry. The company says it was first to develop coatings specifically to protect the fiberglass and epoxy of wind power blades. “And with more than 25,000 wind power stations rotating globally with BASF coatings on the blades, we know our coating is doing its job,” says Darlene Eilenberger at BASF Coatings North America.
The components of wind power stations are subjected to enormous stress. Weathering from wind and water, UV radiation, erosion and bending expose the material to high demands. Coatings under the Relius brand protect components of wind power stations, including rotor blade surfaces.
The firm’s Relius coatings are high solids, meaning they contain zero or minimal solvents that can potentially harm the environment or health of workers manufacturing the wind turbines.
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