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PPG increases role with wind turbine industry OEMs



By Tim Wright



Published December 9, 2008
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PPG Commercial Coatings has dramatically increased its involvement in the global wind turbine industry. With the growing international demand for alternative energy forms, PPG is assisting OEMs with the development and application of advanced coatings and materials for wind turbine blades. Understanding the process of harnessing and delivering wind energy as well as the harsh conditions in which wind turbines must operate, has enabled PPG to develop coatings solutions for this rapidly growing industry.

PPG is not a newcomer to the wind energy industry. The company has been producing coatings and fiberglass for wind turbine blades collectively for more than 30 years and has intensified its focus in the last 24 months. PPG is heavily involved in research and development that will help enable OEMs to produce larger and more powerful turbines that compete with traditional forms of energy generation.

“We know how important this form of renewable energy is. We’ve added resources, enhanced our expertise and are developing innovative products for Europe, Asia and North America,” said Dave Chapman, PPG global marketing director, commercial coatings. “We’re helping our OEM customers with products that take cost out of their process, increase turbine energy output and improve overall turbine durability. With our broad geographic footprint, we can support this emerging industry on a global basis.”

Experts from the commercial coatings group work with PPG’s protective and marine coatings and fiber glass divisions to address OEM needs for strong, durable and element-resistant wind energy components. The groups supply advanced protective coatings for turbine blades and towers as well as fiberglass for the composite blades. PPG proprietary wind energy products include Selemix polyurethane coatings and primers for extended life and improved performance of turbine blades; PSX and Amershield protective and marine coatings that combine aesthetic appeal with exceptional corrosion and weather resistance onshore and offshore; and Hybon 2002 and 2026 fiber glass roving which allow for a better bond between fiber glass and resin for stronger turbine blades.

According to Cheryl Richards, PPG global market development manager and leader of PPG’s cross-business wind energy team, the number of wind turbine installations around the world is expected to more than double by 2012.


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