Feasibility Study Of Plant Fibre Reinforced Bioresin Composite Wind Turbine Blades In Alberta
Wind energy is a renewable form of energy, yet the blades are currently being manufactured from petroleum-derived chemicals. At the moment, there are no known alternatives to these petrochemicals in large wind turbines. Literature describes the use of plant-reinforced composites constructed from flax fibres and polyester, a petroleum based compound, for manufacturing small wind turbines of 11 kilowatt. In this report, a plant reinforced composite and bio-resin known as flax fibre and SuperSap100/1000 is assessed. A full scientific, energetic and environmental analysis is conducted using data calculated from various LCAs for 2MW wind turbines; the results are compared with conventional fibreglass and epoxy blades. The projected flax fibre and SuperSap100/1000 system is determined to provide several energetic and environmental advantages over conventional blades. By replacing conventional blades, the proposed composite would serve as a renewable resource in the construction of wind turbines that would be implemented in Alberta.
Ahmad, S. N. (2015). Feasibility Study Of Plant Fibre Reinforced Bioresin Composite Wind Turbine Blades In Alberta (Unpublished report). University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.