Covestro recently announced that it is a winner of the JEC Innovation Award 2021 in the Sustainability category. The company reports that the jury recognized its polyurethane (PU) infusion resins for the efficient production of wind rotor blades and coatings for offshore wind turbines.

“Covestro takes the award as an honor but also as a responsibility to deliver on its Circular Economy vision. Enabling growth for the global wind industry is one of the company’s major goals,” said Dirk Soontjens, head of Covestro’s Global Wind Energy Program, at the award ceremony.

In addition, several Covestro coating solutions for offshore wind turbines were included in the case presented for the JEC Innovation Award. These include a solvent-free gelcoat, a waterborne two-component topcoat, and a polyaspartic-based leading edge protection coating. According to Covestro, the systems feature excellent adhesion properties on PU composites and were successfully tested under simulated offshore conditions. They facilitate the manufacturing process for rotor blades and thus improve the productivity of wind turbines.

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