The “cost of energy as a as a focus of industry” attention was among issues raised at the Symposium Polyurethanes – Processes – Materials conference in Denmark. Jane Denny attended.
Polyurethane’s many uses in energy generation, for comfort and its use in construction markets as well as how to preserve PU articles was explored in Nyborg, Denmark in May 2016.
From the benefits that PU brings to the wind turbine industry outlined by Covestro through the regulations that govern methods of PU production to the viscoelasticity of Tempur Sealy mattresses, representatives from key global PU players shared their thoughts.
A new thinner insulation product from BASF and the necessity to preserve polyurethane-based artistic works for future generations were among a number of key issues also raised during the one day event.
Covestro Nordic ceo Kim Klausen, who is also head of the German chemical supplier’s global wind project, gave the first presentation at the Technical Conference. He told delegates that the global wind industry is enjoying a period of rapid growth.
“Wind is one of the fastest growing industries in the world today. In recent years and coming years its growth rate is estimated at 9% per year.” Klausen said that up to 45% of new installations are in China.