Features and benefits

It will deliver:
  • Increased annual energy production
  • Improved aerodynamic performance of the blade
  • Reduced noise disruption
  • Increased energy output at low rotation speeds and low wind levels
  • Reduced degradation of the blade and the leading edges in particular
  • Extended life of the blade
  • Protection against corrosion, erosion and degradation of the blade and deterioration in AEP by rain, wind, sand, salt, bird debris, ice, UV damage
  • Reduced penetration of, and deposition on, the surface by ice, dirt and all other particles and contaminants
  • Reduced costs for downtime, cleaning and general maintenance
  • Reduced time taken for local repair, sealant application and maintenance
  • Increased flexibility by providing different coatings for different locations and atmospheric conditions

Improved capacity factor

bladesBackground

Airglide’s unique nano based surface protection coating system is a key component in helping to overcome some of the significant challenges being faced by the wind turbine sector.

Namely arresting the rapid degradation of the blade surface; improving wind power efficiency; reducing noise disturbance and increasing capacity factors.

Industry challenges

Both on and off shore, wind turbine blades are deteriorating faster than manufacturers, owners, developers and operators had imagined leading to costly and sometimes ineffective capital interventions; reductions in energy output and warranty challenges.

Our product has the collective advantages of arresting deterioration of the blade surface; protecting the material underneath; extending the life of the turbine blade; improve the energy output through an improvement in drag with a cleaner, smoother blade; reducing operating and repair costs; cutting noise levels and cutting emissions.

Commercial benefits

According to the Global Wind Energy Council and their 2014 outlook, there are now wind turbine installations in 90 countries with an installed capacity of 318 GW, providing 3% of global electricity supply. They believe the global market will grow to 712 GW in 2020; 1,479 GW in 2030 and 2,089 GW in 2040.

The UK government is committed to sourcing 15% of its energy from renewables by 2020 and based on the current level, significant market growth is anticipated.

Renewable UK estimate there are currently 8,346 wind turbines onshore in the UK (operational, under construction or consented) or 25,038 blades (based on three per turbine) and 3,216 (9,646 blades) off shore. These will provide 31,053 MW of capacity and based on a price per MW of £100 this equates to £27.20 bn pa.

Based on our surface protection coating system, by simply improving the capacity factor from 28% to 29.5% this equates to an increase in annual revenue of £650,00 pa for an average offshore turbine and £140,000 for an onshore turbine.

How does our surface protection coating system work?

Step 1

  • Deep cleans the surface with a dry wash product
  • Removes all dirt, grime, dead paint cells, oil and other deposits from within the pores of the surface
  • Creates a robust but flexible protective shield
  • Negatively charges the surface

Step 2

  • Fills in the pores to fully protect the surface underneath
  • Positively charges the surface
  • Creates a robust micron thick barrier as the particles cross polymer link
  • Creates a smooth finish at molecular level
Benefits from Airglide