RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Reichhold’s Technology Center in Sandefjord, Norway has been granted 7,1 mill NOK (approximately 1 mill EUR) over a 3 year period for the RenWind project under the Norwegian Research Council’s clean energy program.
“This is an acknowledgement of the research work performed in Reichhold over years and recognizes Reichhold as one of the leaders in innovation in the Composites industry.”
The RenWind project’s objective is to develop environmentally friendly and cost-efficient high performance no emission vinyl hybrid resin systems for production of windmill blades.
The funds are to be used on external tests and research work. Equivalent amount of work will have to be performed by Reichhold internally. Partnerships have been formed with several renowned institutes like SINTEF Materials and Chemistry (MC) and DTU Wind Energy, Section for Composites and Materials Mechanics (Former Risø National Laboratory).
SINTEF MC is an institute in the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia. The Institute offers a high level of expertise in the fields of materials science and nanotechnology, applied chemistry and bio-technology. They collaborate closely with industry in the development of advanced materials, products, processes and tools.
DTU Wind Energy is known as the most competent European Research Institute on composite solutions for Wind energy.
Technology Director for Europe Egil Holtmon says: “This is an acknowledgement of the research work performed in Reichhold over years and recognizes Reichhold as one of the leaders in innovation in the Composites industry.
Wind energy will continue to be one of the strongest growth segments for composite materials in the coming years. By introducing vinyl hybrid systems with low or no VOC emission, we aim at providing innovative, sustainable materials which can contribute to the growth of wind energy by offering more cost-efficient solutions compared to currently used materials, like epoxy.”
Reichhold Corporate Communications
Founded in 1927, Reichhold, with its world headquarters and technology center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of unsaturated polyester resins and a leading supplier of coating resins for the industrial, transportation, building and construction, marine, consumer and graphic arts markets. Reichhold has manufacturing operations throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Reichhold’s composite brands are:
POLYLITE® All standard Reichhold resin products for composites, for both reinforced and non-reinforced applications
HYDREX® High-performance vinyl ester resins designed specifically for excellent hydrolytic stability in applications such as boat building and spa manufacturing
NORPOL® Compounded products, chiefly gelcoats and bonding pastes; also the brand for LP-additives for SMC/ BMC and pultrusion
DION® Industrial resin products (especially vinyl ester resins), including those for corrosion-resistant, flame-retardant and pultrusion applications; also the brand for higher performance polyester resins across all markets
ENVIROLITE® “GREEN” products containing renewable and/or recycled materials