Carbon nanotubes from Bayer MaterialScience help reduce the weight of wind turbine blades.
Carbon nanotubes from Bayer MaterialScience help reduce the weight of wind turbine blades.

The centre will focus development capabilities of the company’s portfolio of polyurethanes, polycarbonates as well as coatings, adhesives and specialty materials, pooling expertise from R&D teams around the world.

Bayer MaterialScience plans to extend its capabilities at the existing polyurethanes site in Otterup, building on products for wind turbine applications that include raw materials for coatings and adhesives, carbon nanotubes, matrix materials and production processes for rotor blades, as well as composite materials and production processes for nacelles.

Denmark was chosen for the location of the centre because of the country’s expertise in the area of wind power.. According to data by the Danish Wind Industry Association (DWIA), wind power already accounts for more than 20% of the total power consumption in Denmark and it is planned to increase this to 50% by 2020.

Bayer also notes that almost half of the wind turbines around the world being developed and produced by Danish manufacturers, along with many component suppliers based in the country.