Composite Materials to Enable Next Generation of Wind Turbines with Joule Challenge Project

November 22 2021

A flagship GBP 5 million, 20-month program, funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) through its Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP) will set out a detailed roadmap for incorporating radically new composite-based components in the next-generation of offshore wind turbines.

Developing a manufacturing capability for the large components integral to next-generation turbines is vital if the UK is to accelerate the build-out of fixed and floating offshore wind.

The Joule Challenge Phase 2 project will be delivered by a collaboration of two Catapult centers: The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and the National Composites Centre (NCC), part of the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult. The project will set out to prove that composite materials can deliver significant performance and light-weighting opportunities that will be essential to addressing the technical challenge of developing the next generation wind turbine platform beyond 20MW.

A key element of the project is the engagement with the UK composite and offshore wind sectors to gather market intelligence and explore the potential for how these next generation components can be manufactured and delivered, with the emphasis on increasing content of the UK supply chains.

Phase 1 of the Joule Challenge, completed in 2020, proved the importance of composite materials in enabling the next generation of offshore wind turbines. Phase 1 predicted impressive reductions in component masses of up to 60% and a reduction of embedded carbon of up to 55%.

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