One of the major challenges of the wind energy market is to design and to manufacture extra-large wind turbine blades able to increase wind capture at lower wind speed and also to produce more electrical power. This dimensional challenge can be largely overcome by a weight reduction using carbon fibers instead of glass fibers.
The use of carbon fiber reinforced composite parts should significantly contribute to lightweight the wind turbine blades. The main expectation is to obtain a low cost carbon fiber with medium mechanical performance between PAN-based carbon fiber and glass fiber.
PLASTINOV will provide a composite part demonstrator which will be a representative section of a wind turbine blade obtained by prepreg or infusion, using renewable source nanostructured carbon fibers developed within CARBOPREC project.