Scots firm Edge Solutions has announced a partnership with Colorado wind turbine maintenance specialist Rope Partner to roll out their Armour Edge leading edge protection in the USA.
Armour Edge is a highly durable leading-edge protection shield that uses an ultra-tough thermoplastic material created specifically for wind turbine blades.
The shields are operating successfully at a number of offshore wind farms in the Baltic and North Seas and the company is now targeting the US onshore market.
It is understood Rope Partner and Armour Edge are targeting customer trials this year, with the goal of new orders in 2023.
“Feedback from technicians in Europe has been uniformly positive and we believe the durability of Armour Edge coupled with the speed and ease of installation will be of strong appeal to the US market,” says Edge Solutions Managing Director David Urch.
“Rope Partner is an innovative company with a strong commitment to safety and training and we are working closely with their expert technicians to ensure they are fully trained in the application of Armour Edge. We look forward to seeing rollout commence in the field.”
Eric Stanfield, CEO of Rope Partner says:
“This new collaboration underscores our ongoing commitment to deliver the highest quality services to our customers to maximize the value of their projects.
“Based on Armour Edge’s success in Europe, we’re confident in the immense value these innovative shields will offer our US customers.”
A recent study by the UK ORE Catapult predicted the shields could have an operational lifetime in excess of 50 years.
About Edge Solutions
Scottish company Edge Solutions has developed its Armour Edge shield which is a game-changing approach to the costly problem of leading-edge erosion on wind turbine blades. Its precision engineered shields securely bond to the leading edge of blades to provide a simple to install, aerodynamically optimal, full-life protection that minimizes maintenance costs and maximizes energy production and return on investment.
About Rope Partner
Rope Partner is the premier provider of rope access maintenance, inspection and performance enhancement services for wind turbines, with a reputation for uncompromising safety and high-quality results. The rapid-response WindCorps® technicians have completed many thousands of projects for every major manufacturer and the majority of wind farm owners. By partnering with clients, applying safe, cost effective, and environmentally appropriate solutions Rope Partner is reducing turbine downtime, increasing production-based availability and ultimately the life-span of its client’s turbines.