As wind turbine technology has advanced, so, too, have the materials used to construct them. Today, turbines are lighter than ever, which allows for increased efficiency in wind energy production.
However, the lighter materials can make turbines more vulnerable to environmental forces and erosion. And with blades that can achieve tip speeds of more than 200 mph, there's a lot riding on that protection.
Except when 3M Science comes to the job.
3M has engineered polyurethane coatings and wind protection tapes that provide superior protection from the elements. Applied during the manufacturing process, these protective coatings help extend the life of turbine blades, even in the harshest environments. And safeguarding against erosion before the turbine is even installed reduces the need to send workers into the field for costly repairs along the way.
Wind protection tapes have the added advantage of being easy to apply even in the field. So if any issues arise over time, they can be easily addressed and corrected with limited downtime.
With 3M wind protection tapes and polyurethane coatings, you can expect peak performance from rotor blades for years. And that means you can continue producing reliable and efficient renewable energy.