Fiberglass multiple application in clean energy

Fiberglass has multiple applications in the field of clean energy, especially playing a significant role in the development and utilization of renewable energy sources. Here are some key application areas of glass fiber in clean energy:


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1.Wind Energy Generation: ECR-glass direct roving for wind power is commonly used in the manufacturing of wind turbine blades, nacelle covers, and hub covers. These components require high strength and lightweight properties to withstand the changing airflows and pressures within wind turbines. Glass fiber-reinforced materials meet these requirements, enhancing the reliability and efficiency of wind turbines.

2.Solar Photovoltaic Mounting: In solar photovoltaic systems, glass fiber can be used to manufacture mounts and support structures. These structures need to possess weather resistance and corrosion resistance to ensure the stability of solar panels in various environmental conditions.

3.Energy Storage Systems: When manufacturing energy storage systems such as battery casings, glass fiber can provide a protective outer layer to shield internal components from external environmental impacts.

4.Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS): Glass fiber can be used in the manufacturing of equipment for carbon capture facilities, providing resistance to high temperatures and corrosion to capture and process industrial emissions of carbon dioxide.

5.Bioenergy: Glass fiber can be used in equipment manufacturing within the biomass energy sector, such as biomass fuel power generation equipment and biogas production equipment.

On March 16, 2023, the European Commission issued the “Net Zero Industrial Action Plan” (NZIA), outlining the objective of achieving at least a 40% adoption rate of clean energy technologies within the European Union by 2030. This plan encompasses eight strategic technologies, including photovoltaics, wind power, batteries/energy storage, heat pumps, electrolyzers/fuel cells, sustainable biogas/biomethane, carbon capture and storage, as well as the power grid. To fulfill the goals of the NZIA, the wind power industry must increase its electricity generation capacity by a minimum of 20 GW. This would result in a demand increase of 160,200 metric tons for glass fiber, which is required for the manufacturing of blades, nacelle covers, and hub covers. The additional sourcing of these glass fibers is crucial for ensuring European compliance.

The European Glass Fiber Association has evaluated the impact of the NZIA on the demand for glass fiber and has proposed measures aimed at effectively supporting the European glass fiber industry and its value chain in meeting these demands.

Post time: Aug-24-2023