From contributions to the historic Solar Impulse plane to 3D printed houses that share energy with cars, composites are increasingly gaining traction in the energy sector. According to Lucintel’s 2016 State of the Industry report, wind energy is one of the most promising markets in the composites industry at a projected 8% CAGR from 2015-2021.
Powering a Paris Landmark with Eco-Friendly GFRP Turbines
Two new additions to The Eiffel Tower— wind turbines perched within the scaffolding 400 feet above the ground—have made the ionic monument a little more eco-friendly. The spinning of the turbines’ glass fiber composite blades produces enough wind energy to handle the electrical needs of the souvenir shop, restaurants and historical exhibits on the monument’s first level.