At-height wind turbine operation and maintenance specialist Rope Partner formed a new partnership with Scottish firm Edge Solutions to install a new type of turbine blade protection.
Credit: Armour Edge
Armour Edge is a protection shield that uses thermoplastic material created specifically for wind turbine blades. The shields are operating successfully at a number of offshore wind farms in the Baltic and North Seas and present and will soon be deployed in the U.S. onshore market.
Each Armour Edge shield is approximately 1 m in length and custom formed to the exact blade type and then bonded into place by trained technicians.
“Feedback from technicians in Europe has been uniformly positive and we believe the durability of Armour Edge coupled with the speed and ease of installation will revolutionize the leading-edge erosion market,” said David URch, managing director of Edge Solutions. “Rope Partner is an innovative company with a strong commitment to safety, innovation and training and we are working closely with their expert technicians to ensure they are fully trained in the application of Armour Edge. We look forward to seeing the rollout commence in the field.”
A recent study by the UK ORE Catapult predicted the shields could have an operational lifetime in excess of 50 years.
“This new collaboration with Edge Solutions underscores our ongoing commitment to deliver the highest quality services to our customers to maximize the value of their projects,” said Eric Stanfield, CEO of Rope Partner. “Based on Armour Edge’s success across Europe, we’re confident in the immense value these innovative shields will offer our U.S. customers.”
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