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An alliance of composite companies has formed PULLWind, a strategic consortium designed to enable leading wind blade manufacturers to access a ‘turnkey’ solution for pultruded spar caps.
DowAksa is the most recent and final member to join the group. The Turkey-based carbon fibre manufacturer has an industrial footprint enabling PULLWind’s future clients to build and develop their businesses in relation to the use of carbon fibre for wind turbine blade manufacture.
Independent composites engineering consultancy STRUCTeam began the initiative in early 2016, which now comprises of Olin, a global supplier of epoxy resins, Chongqing International Composite Material (CPIC), manufacturer of glass fibre products, and DowAksa.
OEMs within the wind sector are actively seeking solutions to use pultrusions within turbine blades. However, without adequate supply chain positioning and the relevant technical expertise, it is a challenging technology to implement. PULLWind offers a unique proposition with an established network of suppliers, specialist engineers and technicians. The consortium delivers a secure supply chain, combined with design and manufacturing guidelines, therefore enabling faster adoption of the technology.
PULLWind’s combined expertise is designed to fast-track production time, reduce total blade costs and improve the Levelised Cost of Energy (LCOE) – a key target for blade and turbine manufacturers.
“DowAksa joining the PULLWind consortium completes a key phase of our development programme,” notes Julien Sellier, Managing Director of STRUCTeam. “STRUCTeam is pleased to be aligned with leading supply chain partners that encompass all the expertise required to enable a rapid and successful adoption of this technology. We are immensely proud to be united with these industry leaders.”
“With a proven track record of working with major OEMs, DowAksa is committed to continue bringing the benefits of carbon fibre to this segment of the industry,” states Douglas Parks, CEO of DowAksa. “Associating with PULLWind is aligned with our current strategy to be a key supplier to the wind industry and help its broader adoption of carbon fibre solutions.”
“Olin and DowAksa have engaged in a highly productive relationship for some time now,” adds Jean Luc Guillaume, Global Wind and Composites Marketing Director of Olin. “We strongly believe that the synergies between our two organisations set PULLWind for even faster and stronger growth.”
The PULLWind consortium will be presented at Wind Turbine Blade Manufacture 2018, 10-12 December in Düsseldorf.
Image provided by STRUCTeam
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