30 May '13, 12pm

New fast-drying mid-coat speeds up offshore wind tower production and cuts cost: Coating supplier Hempel has l...

Specially formulated for offshore wind towers, Hempadur 47300 is a low-solvent epoxy mid-coat offering vastly improved curing times for manufacturers, the company said. The coating can be handled just four hours after application at 20°C, compared to an average of five hours for standard equivalent coatings, it claims. According to Anders Voldsgaard Clausen, Group Power Generation Segment Manager at Hempel , the new product enables manufacturers to reduce production line bottlenecks and increase line speeds – which could lead to significant cost reductions. “The offshore wind energy industry is looking to lower costs in every part of the value chain, including productivity in the tower manufacturing stage,” said Clausen. “The curing time of Hempadur 47300 means manufacturers can achieve a faster production flow. As a result, they can coat more towers each shift and use les...

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