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BASF at WINDPOWER 2013: Showcases RELEST®Wind In-Mold Gelcoats & more

Published on 2013-05-08. Author : SpecialChem

FLORHAM PARK, NJ -- BASF is showcasing its current portfolio of innovative solutions for the fabrication, installation and maintenance of wind turbines at the Windpower Conference and Exhibition, booth 801, May 6-8, 2013, at McCormick Place convention center, Chicago, Illinois.

BASF's portfolio for wind power includes products and solutions that allow efficient production and enhanced performance of rotor blades, nacelles, towers and foundations.

Wind turbine rotor blades: Efficient and versatile processing

For towers, BASF's special coating materials provide excellent protection in any environment, as well as enhanced aesthetics.

When it comes to coating rotor blades, resistance to erosion and UV radiation are essential. This protection is provided by the topcoats and supported by the two RELEST®Wind In-Mold gelcoats from BASF. The in-mold primer RELEST®Wind Gelcoat transparent can be applied to a film thickness of up to 400 um. RELEST®Wind ProcessCoat offers all the benefits of an in-mold gelcoat at considerably lower usage. The two-component paint materials are easy to sand and easy to use thanks to a colored hardener component with mixing control function. The integrated UV absorbers in the new generation prevent damage to the substrate from UV light.

Both products are Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) compliant and easy to process. RELEST®Wind In-mold gelcoats are only one part of the extensive coatings assortment available from BASF for wind turbine rotor blades.

A wind turbine gearbox is exposed to high and continually varying loads. Emgard® high performance gear oils from BASF ease these loads and minimize wear and micropitting, thus making an essential contribution to reliable wind turbine operation. BASF has also developed products to meet the industry's need for high performance biodegradable hydraulic fluids used for the pitch control under the ProEco® brand name.

BASF for wind energy

BASF supports the development of wind power as a climate-friendly source of energy in the energy mix. BASF's portfolio for wind power applications comprises epoxy and coating systems, foams, special grouting mortars, bearing support and concrete additives as well as lubricants and hydraulic systems. The innovative solutions from BASF facilitate more efficient manufacturing, coating and maintenance of rotor blades, foundations, towers and gearboxes of wind turbines. In this way BASF helps to make wind turbines more profitable and more durable. BASF continually develops and improves its wind power portfolio in close cooperation with its customers.

BASF - The Chemical Company

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 16,600 employees in North America, and had sales of $18.5 billion in 2012.

BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. BASF combines economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, BASF enable its customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. BASF's products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. BASF have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: BASF create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of €72.1 billion in 2012 and more than 110,000 employees as of the end of the year.

Source: BASF

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