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Power generation & renewable energy systems

From large-scale power plants to in-house solar systems

Massive changes in the field of energy generation makes the supply of electricity a key issue for the future. Highly complex challenges such as the coordination of centralised and decentralised energy supplies have to be handled and these will need the support of technological visions and innovations such as those delivered by 3M for decades.

The energy mix of the future

Since the current mix of nuclear power, fossil fuels and renewable energy is becoming a discontinued model, alternative methods of power generation are being developed. These replace electricity from nuclear power plants with alternative sources to provide a secure energy supply made up of:

  • Gas and coal power plants
  • Hydropower plants
  • Wind and solar parks
  • Cogeneration
  • Biomass
  • Small solar systems
Energy generation

It is important to note that in the case of wind and solar energy, if sufficient wind and sunlight are not available, power fluctuations can occur in the network. In these cases, energy supplies need to be supplemented by other energy sources such as gas-fired power plants that can regulate their power output quickly and easily. The virtual power plant is gaining importance across all energy networks. Smart Grid allows this on-demand management to efficiently take the energy network from high voltage power to medium voltage and low voltage power as needed.

Broad portfolio of energy solutions

3M offers technologies and services that support the reliable production of electricity. Its Renewable Energy business has created groundbreaking products and technologies for the wind and solar industry. These include adhesive solutions for rotor blades, coatings for wind turbine blades to protect them from erosion and solar panels for back protectors. Biomass power plants also use 3M technologies including membranes for bioethanol production and light management films for the production of biomass.

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3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid

Fire can break out anywhere, at any time. That’s why thousands of fire protection professionals around the world like you rely on 3M Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid to keep computer rooms, control centers, document storage vaults, substations, wind turbines and other essential facilities safely up and running.

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3M™ Scotchshield™ solar backside film platform

Leveraging over 60 years of film experience, 3M's integrated approach to manufacture 3M Scotchshield Films differentiates the product from traditional laminated backsheets. 3M has a strong foundation in manufacturing key raw materials and utilizes a process that eliminates the need for solvents and lamination. With significant manufacturing capabilities, 3M is one of the top suppliers of fluoropolymer resins. Unlike other companies supplying backsheets to the solar industry, 3M has complete control over critical raw materials and manufacturing, and can optimize costs across the entire supply chain.

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3M™ Wind Protection Tapes

Wind blades often turn up to 200 mph (320 kph). At this speed, tiny objects such as sand, rain, hail and salt spray can cause enough damage to reduce wind blade aerodynamics. And if the blade deteriorates to the point where water enters, the blade could fail, severely impacting the entire wind turbine.
3M™ Wind Protection Tapes can significantly reduce and even eliminate leading edge erosion in wind turbine blades.

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Wind Blade Adhesives

3M™ Wind Blade Bonding Adhesive W1101 is a two-part paste adhesive that combines outstanding shear and peel strength with excellent impact resistance and durability. It also provides faster cure speed, reduced exotherm and longer pot life than conventional epoxy wind blade adhesives, saving up to 6 hours in mold time per blade. Certified by Germanischer Lloyd (GL) as a duromeric adhesive.

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