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Wind turbine blades based on ASA resin

Dutch company EverkinetIQ International has developed its first small wind turbine based on a glass fibre reinforced ASA resin from BASF.

The new turbine is part of EverkinetIQ's PIQO range of compact, lightweight 'micro wind turbines.' These turbines are designed to be placed on top of industrial facilities, high-rise buildings, hospitals and other municipal buildings, as well as private homes.

For the turbine’s rotor, BASF subsidiary Styrolution, together with its distribution partner Albis Benelux, is providing Luran® S KR 2858 G3, a 15% glass fibre reinforced ASA (acrylic ester-styrene-acrylonitrile) polymer. This material is said to offer extremely good resistance to weathering, UV radiation and ageing, together with chemical resistance.

Unfilled Luran S 797 S is used for the round turbine frame, which has a diameter of about 1.5 m.

“An especially strong and durable plastic is needed for these cost-effective, innovative and flexible PIQO wind turbines," explains Richard Kleefman, Director of Turbine Development at EverkinetIQ. "Luran S from Styrolution meets the demanding requirements for resistance to weathering and rotational effects completely.”

The first prototypes of the turbine have been installed on buildings in the Netherlands, where they are undergoing extensive trials.

EverkinetIQ is now preparing for the product launch. The company anticipates that, following the test phase, a relatively favourable price per kilowatt-hour will be achieved.






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