Working in collaboration with various partners the project won one of the prestigious 2016 JEC World Innovation Awards. Philippe Christou, Head of European Technical Support, Huntsman Advanced Materials, and Anurag Bansal, Head of Manufacturing-Composites, ACCIONA Infraestructuras, explain how the partnership delivered the world’s first-ever all-composite lighthouse - now installed at the port of Valencia in Spain.
The lighthouse project has also overcome any perceived limitations for composites and opened the way for other applications requiring light, tall structures to benefit from using the latest, proven material innovations.
ACCIONA says that, developed as a first prototype at the beginning of January 2013, this tower structure is testament to the advances in materials engineering that occurred in the short time the project took to complete in February 2015. For example, following the design and process selection, all the composite components were manufactured within the period of a working month at its composite workshop in Madrid.
Combinations of hybrid, CFRP and GFRP composites were selected for the tower’s principal components, calling for the development of new material systems and processes to fulfil the design engineer’s vision for the 35m tall tower structure.
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