How long do the wind turbine foundations last?

Taking into account the latest renewable energy projects competition tender, dozens of wind farms with a total capacity of 3.376 GW are going to be built in different regions of the Russian Federation in 2024. Moreover, localization of the equipment production and solutions for them in this country has already reached 65% this year.

Thanks to this, high-tech production of wind turbine components is being created in Russia, competences in design and construction are developing and improving, and adjacent markets are emerging.

Many companies, members of the RAWI, acted as pioneers in the domestic wind power industry, and the experience gained during the implementation of the first projects is being used by them for other similar facilities.

BASF Stroitelnye Systemy, LLC (member of the RAWI) is sharing its successful experience of participating in domestic wind power projects at the “Modern Technologies Used for Installing Wind Turbines Towers” (link in Russian) webinar today at 11:00 am (Moscow time).

The company’s interest in this industry is due to the successful experience of participating in the domestic wind power projects, with which most modern experts predict a bright future. For one, the first Russian wind park in the Ulyanovsk Oblast began its work in early 2018. It was built using BASF solutions.

“In the implementation of this project, the single-component, non-shrinking tundish composition MasterFlow 4800 with metal filler was used to strengthen the monolithic reinforced concrete structures of the wind turbines foundations. This solution with high initial and final strength was specially developed for high-precision grouting equipment subject to strong impact and dynamic loads: turbines, generators (including wind-driven generators), compressors, rolling machines and other similar machines,” said Alexey Rovensky, CCO of the construction division of BASF.

Due to the content of copper and silicon fillers, MasterFlow 4800 utilization provides high strength and high impact resistance under the exposure to cyclic dynamic loads. The use of this material prevents thermal movements of equipment and machines and other effects that occur when using other gravy due to fluctuations in temperature and humidity of the environment.

To protect the underground parts of the wind farm facilities, its builders used the MasterSeal 550 compound for waterproofing the foundation, produced at the Russian BASF plant in Tolbino (Moscow Oblast) and selected due to a combination of efficiency, durability and resistance to mechanical and chemical exposure.

BASF concern produces chemical products for the construction, repair and renovation of buildings and structures. The company has practical experience in high-precision grouting of industrial equipment, metal structures, repair of reinforced concrete, and its protection.

Most of the materials are produced in Russia at production sites in the Moscow Oblast, St. Petersburg, Kazan and Krasnodar.