Market-Focused Webinars

April 19, 2023 | 1:00 PM EST / 12:00 PM CST / 11:00 PM MST / 10:00 AM PST

Material Considerations Affecting the Future of Wind Energy

Starting from the current state of the art, this webinar will describe various technology options being contemplated by the global wind industry as potential solutions for key challenges. Potential future blade technology scenarios will be shown, along with highlights of their consequences related to the wind thermoset formulation evolution.

The wind industry consumed around $2.5BN of thermosets in 2022, comprising epoxies and unsaturated polyester for structural load-bearing applications. The industry grows at an historical CAGR of 5-6% but must drastically expand production capacities along the whole value chain to reach the 15-17% CAGR needed for the wind industry to help the world meet net-zero emissions by 2050. In addition, the industry is committed to proactively addressing full raw material circularity for blades being decommissioned after their 25-30 years of service.

Presented by Jean-Luc Guillaume, The ChemQuest Group

Jean-Luc Guillaume has nearly four decades of experience in the specialty chemicals and materials industry, in roles related to management, R&D, and marketing. Most recently, he served as the associate director of global wind and composites at Olin in Zug, Switzerland. He also served in a variety of roles with Dow Chemical in Switzerland and Germany over the span of 30 years, in divisions focused on wind energy, sustainable chemistry, epoxy resins, inks, and coatings.

Guillaume earned his Ph.D. in polymer science jointly from the Université Claude Bernard in Lyon, France and Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. He also holds an MBA from the Université Robert Schumann in Strasbourg, France. He is fluent in English, French, and German.