Trelleborg’s applied technologies operation will launch Frame™, a new radar absorbing material for wind turbines, blade and nacelles, at WindEurope Offshore to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, later this month.

Frame™ is an innovative radar absorbing material that mitigates wind turbine radar interference problems, unlocking gigawatts of new potential wind farm sites. The lightweight nano-composite polymer solution is available from 1 to12 GHz with an absorption bandwidth of 0.2 GHz, providing solutions for all radar types from L to X-band.

Terry Cooper, Managing Director at Trelleborg’s applied technologies operation, states: “Wind turbines can cause radar interference, showing up on radar operator’s screens as clutter, obscuring the display and resulting in lost aircraft tracking. The Frame™ range has been developed to functionalize blade resins and fiberglass systems to enable integrated radar absorption.

“In many instances, wind farm sites are refused planning permission close toelectromagnetic wave based surrounding infrastructures, such as airports. As Frame™ creates a truly robust stealth blade, this issue is avoided.”

At WindEurope Offshore, Trelleborg will exhibited a scale model of a wind turbine with the Frame™ solution on it at stand C2-B36. As part of the conference program, Adam Nevin, KTP Associate and Research and Development Chemist at Trelleborg applied technologies operations, will present his paper on ‘Radar Interference Mitigations Strategies in the Wind Industry; Advances and Key Challenges’.

WindEurope Offshore is Europe’s flagship offshore wind event and will gather over 9,000 participants to drill down on the practical challenges of putting offshore at the core of our energy mix.

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