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Hempel to Supply Anti-corrosive Coatings & Technical Support for the WindFloat Project

Published on 2012-01-24. Author : SpecialChem

Hempel is taking part in a project to performance test an offshore corrosion protection system on WindFloat, a semi-submersible floating structure for offshore wind turbines that has been deployed with a 2MW Vestas turbine off the coast of Agucadoura, Portugal.

The sections of the WindFloat foundation for which Hempel is providing the test products are: the permanently immersed areas, the splash zone and the above-water line areas. In addition to supplying coating systems, Hempel is also contributing to the project with technical support and advice.

The project is being carried out by the Materials and Coatings Laboratory (LMR) of LNEG (National Laboratory for Energy and Geology) in Portugal with the overall aim of testing and evaluating different corrosion protection systems for offshore steel structures. The performance of the anticorrosive coatings will be evaluated by exposure at the Agucadoura test site for a 2 year period.

The WindFloat project is part of WindPlus, a JV headed by Energias de Portugal (EDP) with partners including Principle Power Inc (the developer of WindFloat) and Vestas, which has supplied the V80-2.0 MW wind turbine for the project.

The first WindFloat was successfully deployed off the coast of Agucadoura, Portugal, in December 2011. It is the first offshore wind deployment requiring no heavy lift equipment offshore. All assembly, installation and pre-commissioning of the wind turbine took place on land.

About Hempel

Hempel is a world-leading coatings supplier for the decorative, protective, marine, container and yacht markets. From windmills and bridges to hospitals, ships, power stations and homes, their coatings protect man-made structures from the corrosive forces of nature.

Hempel has been a supplier of corrosion protection to the offshore wind energy industry since 1991, when the first offshore wind farm was erected, and also has solid experience in coatings for offshore oil and gas platforms, undersea pipelines and ships. Hempel aims to continuously increase its knowledge through R&D activities including involvement in innovative offshore projects such as WindFloat.

With a focus on R&D, advanced production techniques and professional coating advice, they work around the globe to help keep their customers' investments safe and beautiful for longer.

Source: Hempel

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