New advancements in composites are redefining the energy industry. Composites help enable the use of wind and solar power and improve the efficiency of traditional energy suppliers.
There is no disputing that the main solution for offsetting global warming is to increase the use of renewable energy sources; sources which exist freely in nature, never run out and are eco-friendly. The research and development of solar power, wind power, hydroelectricity and bio-fuel alternatives are crucial.
Likewise, the use of composites in renewable energy will play an increasingly vital role through the manufacture of structures which enable the harnessing of sustainable energy sources. Factors such as the reduced weight compared to metallic structures, lower transportation and erection costs, and most importantly, lower maintenance costs over the lifespan of the structure are already positioning composites as a de facto material enabling economical solutions to large scale projects.