Trelleborg Applied Technologies

Addressing the problem of wind turbine radar interference

A two-year KTP allowed us to work with Trelleborg Applied Technologies to address the problem of wind turbine radar interference.

Together, we have developed a technology that will allow wind farms to be built closer to airports, military bases and weather stations that rely on radar – supporting the progress of sustainable energy generation.

Benefits for Trelleborg

The KTP allowed Trelleborg to access the University’s renowned ceramic and nanoparticle expertise to expedite the development of a novel hybrid coating.

The accelerated development has providing Trelleborg with a strong opportunity to expand its capabilities and consolidate its place in the stealth technology market which has an estimated value of more than £500 million globally.

The KTP Associate has now joined Trelleborg as the Innovation Lead at the company’s new Innovation Centre in Retford, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the company.

Benefits for Loughborough

Working with the company allowed our experts to further develop and apply their coatings and nanocomposites knowhow to a current industry challenge.

In addition, the partnership contributed to the development of undergraduate teaching, providing case studies that explore the effects of material properties and processing for energy applications.

A hands-on activity demonstration kit – that presents the project in an accessible way – has also been developed. It is used to support public engagement, for example, during University Open Days.

The project was closely linked to the Department’s Energy and Defence research themes and, going forward, we are in discussion with Trelleborg to continue and expand our work in these areas.

“It’s been absolutely fabulous to work with Loughborough. The KTP allowed us to really focus and accelerate delivery of the new technology.”

Philip Brindle – Technical Manager, Trelleborg