Málama Composites Corporation manufactures rigid polyurethane foams made from plant-based resins. By utilizing polyols derived from soy, castor, jatropha, or even algae, they produce core materials that are strong, light-weight, cost competitive, and far more environmentally sustainable than petroleum-based alternatives.
China-based wind farm developer Far East plans to partner with Málama Composites of San Diego, California to develop new core materials for the wind turbine manufacturing sector.
Málama CEO David Saltman explains, “Utilizing bio-based rigid polyurethane foam cores can reduce the weight of the blades, making them easier to transport and install. The core materials are also highly moisture resistant, offering greater longevity and retention of stability and blade balance, which can reduce friction and pressure impact on the gear systems. Our product applications are ultimately aimed at increasing the duty cycle of the whole turbine.”
Marcus Laun, director of Far East, says, “A significant part of our mission at Far East is to find new solutions to drive costs out of the manufacturing process, while at the same time introduce new green technologies and partnerships.”
Málama Composites Corporation www.malamacomposites.com
Far East Wind Power Corp. www.fareastwind.com
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