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BASF Celebrates 10 years of Wind Energy Coatings

Published on 2009-04-07. Author : SpecialChem

SOUTHFIELD, MI -- BASF Industrial Coatings Solutions announced that it is celebrating 10 years of providing coating systems to the global wind energy industry. In fact, BASF was the first company to develop coatings specifically to protect the fiberglass and epoxy system of wind power blades.

"This development, more than 15 years ago, makes BASF a technology and market leader today," said Darlene Eilenberger, Director of Marketing for BASF Coatings North America. "And with more than 25,000 wind power stations rotating globally with BASF coatings on the blades, we know our coating is doing its job."

The components of wind power stations are subjected to enormous stress. Weathering from wind and water, UV radiation, erosion and bending expose the material to the highest of demands. BASF offers coatings from its RELIUS® brand to protect the components of wind power stations, including the surface of the rotor blades. With these solutions, BASF helps protect and improve the performance of wind power stations and the competitiveness of wind energy.

BASF's Relius coatings for wind turbines provide a good environmental fit to the "green" nature of wind energy as it also helps to protect the environment. Relius coatings products are very high solids, meaning they contain zero or minimal solvents that can potentially harm the environment or the health of workers manufacturing the wind turbines.

About BASF Corporation:

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 15,000 employees in North America, and had sales of $17.5 billion in 2008.

About BASF:

BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics and performance products to agricultural products, fine chemicals as well as oil and gas. As a reliable partner BASF helps its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF has approximately 97,000 employees and posted sales of more than €62 billion in 2008. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN).

Source: BASF

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