ÉireComposites manufacture blades and blade components for wind turbine OEMs. It carries out extensive research and development of new materials, designs, and manufacturing methods of various renewable energy devices. ÉireComposites has also caried out extensive research and development of tidal turbine blades. As a global leader in the field it has manufactured tidal blades with lenghts of up to 8m.
13m Blades – In 2013, ÉireComposites commenced manufacturing 13-metre blades for the Vestas V27 machine from glass fibre and epoxy resin.
14m Blades – ÉireComposites manufacture 14-metre wind-turbine blades for a derivative of the 225kW Vestas V29 wind turbine.
SDWind Blades – ÉireComposites produce glass-fibre reinforced polypropylene (Twintex) thermoplastic wind turbine blades for 6kW and 15kW SDWind machines. GF/PP is an extremely tough, lightweight composite and provides for quiet and durable production of electricity from the wind. These blades can be recycled because thermoplastic materials are used.
OmniLink Blades – OmniLink Green Technology have developed and tested a diffuser-augmented-wind-turbine (DAWT) which uses a diffuser around the outside of the blades to accelerate the wind and hence increase the power captured. The diffuser results in higher loads on the blades and can cause failures for low-quality blades. ÉireComposites has designed and manufactured high-strength, lightweight blades for the OmniLink turbine which can survive the high loads resulting from the diffuser.
ÉireComposites is a member of MaREI which is a collaboration of universities. MaREI is the marine and renewable energy research, development and innovation centre supported by Science Foundation Ireland. The MaREI Centre conducts fundamental scientific research relating to marine and renewable energy applications and enables the development and testing of technology through to the construction of demonstration systems.