The DOE recently announced $43M funding for offshore wind projects in the United States. Turbine component development projects such as these in the rapidly growing offshore wind market have interesting implications for plastics manufacturers.
Offshore wind turbines produce utility-scale power miles away from land in marine and lake environments. Due to the high cost of support structures and foundations offshore, wind turbines
are produced with rotor blades as large as possible, improving turbine efficiency and making them more economically feasible.
There are many ways that plastic is used in the creation, assembly and operation of these enormous structures. Here are four reasons plastic manufacturers may benefit from the increase in offshore wind energy projects.