Development of Recycled Plastics Composite with Steel Reinforcement: Alternative Material for Construction of Wind Turbine Blades

Access to electrical power in many rural homes in Kenya remains a major drawback to the achievement of Kenya’s Vision 2030, which includes becoming an emerging economy by the year 2030.  In recent times the Kenyan government recognized renewable energy as a strategy towards achievement of this vision.  This research proposal aims at developing a recycled plastics composite reinforced with steel wires from old tires for construction of wind turbine blades.  The local availbility of the raw material is expected to make the cost of the composite low.  This will also ehance the already existing efforts of finding a solution to the plastic waste menace.  The work will involve evaluating optimum fiber content and distribution, based on stress levels experienced by wind turbine blades in actual operation.  The new composite will also be characterized using availble mechanical methods.  It is hoped that this material will activate higher interest in wind energy exploitation in rural Kenya and consequently contribute towards achievement of Kenya’s Vision 2030.  Positive outputs and outcomes of this work will be disseminated to policy makers, energy stakeholders and the community.

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