Experiments with carbon fibre blades could make wind turbines more energy efficient

Engineers are developing carbon fibre composites to create longer, stronger wind turbine blades. Global clean energy company Vestas has joined forces with Australian researchers to make materials that will increase the future generating capacity of wind turbines.

Dr Adrian Gill, lead specialist for blades at Vestas, told create that the key to increasing the energy produced by wind turbines is blade length. And longer blades require a strong, light material.

To achieve this, manufacturers make blades using composite materials, which combine a fabric of tiny, load-carrying fibres with a resin matrix to hold them in place.

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