In an interview with K-MAG, Dirk Soontjens explains how Covestro is optimizing and redeveloping PU resins to eventually increase wind turbine productivity – and how their customers are included in this process. Ultimately, what is their biggest finding from the research conducted at the Wind Technology Center?
Just over a year ago, you put your wind technology center into operation. How can one picture it? Which different departments work together there?
Dirk Soontjens: We have a dedicated team at the Wind Technology Center that deals purely with the (further) development of our materials for wind turbines. These materials include coatings, resins for the rotor blades, edge protection for rotor blades made of films or elastomers, or cable breakage and bending protection made of elastomer materials.
A special focus at the Wind Technology Center in Leverkusen is on tests of the resin for rotor blades, which is tested and optimized together with customers.