12 April 2007
12 April 2007
At the JEC Show, Owens Corning showcased an innovative Composite Power Pole at the Construction Forum.
Developed to provide Brazil’s electrical power distribution sector with a resource and cost- saving solution, the new pole is based on the continuous filament winding process using OC Single End Roving – Type 30 SE1200 in combination with polyester resin and was selected by Petrofisa do Brasil as the reinforcement for its product.
The Composite Power Pole, which is manufactured by Petrofisa, a producer of PRFV and RPVC pipes, provides a lighter weight, more durable, corrosion and weather resistant solution for carrying overhead wires distributing mains electricity to consumers in both urban and rural areas. Fibreglass composites provide a superior solution for power poles compared to other materials, such as wood and concrete, currently used for these structures. For example, they have a working lifespan three times longer than traditional wooden poles, are between two to four times lighter than concrete or wood and incur minimal maintenance costs.
“Petrofisa’s Composite Power Pole is relatively new to the national market,” explained Márcio Nieble, “but it has already attracted widespread interest and been taken up by energy generator and distributor Companhia Paranaense de Energia, Copel. Copel is installing the power pole in parts of its electrical distribution network serving the State of Paraná and is already seeing benefits from using this new technology. As a major energy provider serving more than 3 million domestic, industrial and commercial consumers, Copel represents an important product launch-customer for Petrofisa,” said Nieble.
Sharp & Tappin has installed and commissioned a Compcut 200 composite plate saw at Renault Sport Racing in Enstone, Oxfordshire, UK.
Applications for composites in the sports and leisure sector will be showcased by various exhibitors at Composites Europe in Stuttgart, Germany, on 6-8 November.
Electric GT Holdings and SPV Racing recently unveiled the race-ready version of the EPCS V2.3 Tesla P100DL at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The car features lightweight body parts made using Bcomp's ampliTex and powerRibs natural fibre composite reinforcement products, contributing to a 500 kg weight reduction over the road edition.