PPG: We protect and beautify the world
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PPG: We protect and beautify the world

Wind Energy

All year long and worldwide, PPG is helping fuel wind power’s rapid rise to sustainable superpower.

As a result of technological innovation, increased wind turbine production and performance are effectively driving down costs and enabling development in lower wind speed regions. PPG plays an integral part, with advanced coatings and fiber glass that allow for the design of taller towers and turbines with lighter, longer blades—some exceeding the wingspan of the largest commercial jets. PPG has been providing innovative solutions to the wind industry since its inception, and we’ll continue to lead the way into the future.

Next generation fiber glass and coatings enable new options for wind energy

By going outside the chemical boundaries of e-glass, PPG developed INNOFIBER® fiber glass. It provides up to 15 percent higher tensile modulus performance,particularly in combination with the proprietary sizing chemistry of PPG’s HYBON® glass roving. They enable the production of longer, stronger, lightweight blades and massive, multiple-megawatt wind turbines that can signifi cantly lower the cost of offshore wind energy. To protect their splash zones and foundations, our advanced protective coatings such as SIGMASHIELD™ 1200 coating guard against corrosive saltwater, ultraviolet light, and other harsh offshore conditions.

PPG researchers are helping to facilitate the efficient use of energy by advancing ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) technologies used for curing today’s highperformance polymer coatings. Both forms of energy interact directly with the components of the coating as a catalyst to form a polymer bond that offers high strength, low cost and environmental friendliness – extremely fast. PPG’s UV/EB coatings meet regulatory guidelines for low VOC and hazardous air pollutant (HAP) content. PPG conducts UV/EB curing research and manufacturing at several facilities in the United States and France.

Raising Solar to the Next Power

How to draw even more energy from the sun? The answer is as clear as our remarkable new glass. At PPG, we’re helping to reduce the cost of solar power and increase the value of solar technology by making the collection of solar energy more efficient. Our latest technology in the photovoltaic market is SOLARPHIRE® PV glass with an advanced anti-reflective coating. It delivers enhanced light transmittance, enabling it to increase solar cell output by three percent or more per module. Solarphire PV/AR glass is just one of our innovative solar energy glass products including the original Solarphire glass formulation, which maximizes the effective service life of solar components.

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Bringing innovation to the surface is a trademark and Hybon and Solarphire, are registered trademarks of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc. Sigmashield is a trademark of PPG Coatings Nederland B.V.