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CIDETEC Surface Engineering bets on the Wind and Tidal Energy sectors with novel nano-engineered sustainable composites and anticontamination coatings for turbine blades

10/12/2020

CIDETEC is glad to present a new H2020 project Carbo4Power:“New generation of offshore turbine blades with intelligent architectures of hybrid, nano-enabled multimaterials via advanced manufacturing”, which targets the development of a new generation of more durable, multifunctional and digitalized rotor blades for offshore wind turbines that will increase their operational performance. The innovative concept is based on nano-engineered hybrid (multi)materials and their intelligent architectures with the scope to deliver both wind and tidal turbine blades. This initiative is coordinated by National Technical University of Athens and integrates 18 partners from 9 EU Countries: Greece (NTUA, Biog3D Nees Texnologies 3D), France (IRT Jules Verne, Sabella, Sense in), Spain (CIDETEC, AIMEN, ITAINNOVA), Belgium (IRES), Germany (FRAUNHOFER IFAM), United Kingdom (University of Birmingham, Catapult, HAydale, Cambrige Nanomaterials technology), Estonia (Aideas), Austria (Bionic Surface Technologies) and Portugal (Inegi).

CIDETEC will participate in Carbo4Power as the leader of Work package 1, for the development of nano-engineered composite materials. Cidetec will contribute with new sustainable nano-engineered composite materials, based on CIDETEC´s proprietary 3R technology with dynamic epoxy resin formulations for fiber-reinforced composite materials (for more information see: https://www.cidetec.es/en/top-achievements/3r-leading-technology).  Formulations will be adapted to the required specifications and the manufacturing processes to be used, and will contribute to improve turbine blades reparability and recyclability.

Additionally, CIDETEC will contribute with coatings with tailored functional properties for the improvement of durability and performance of offshore energy plants. For this, several omniphobic approaches will be followed, including omniphobic technologies, comprising the patented ionogel technology that prevents adhesion to the underlying substrate by implementing high slippery and self-cleaning properties to avoid the accumulation of fouling, based on low-vapour pressure lubricants and low energy surface polymer materials (for more information see:https://www.cidetec.es/en/top-achievements/omniphobic-surfaces). 

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