At this year's Power and Electricity World in Manila, Philippines, BASF presented its new Boldur™ power masts made of the polyurethane composite Elastolit® to a trade audience for the first time. Compared with conventional concrete masts, the "lightweights" are twice more resistant to wind and storms. This gives them the decisive stability even in extreme weather conditions such as typhoons. "We have an average of 19 typhoons a year in the Philippines," says Ronald Mercado, Managing Director BASF Philippines. "The outstanding stability of the Boldur masts can improve the reliability of the power supply during and after extreme weather events. This helps local communities to counter the effects of climate change." In addition to their great stability, the PU masts have another advantage. Because they weigh only about a quarter of their concrete counterparts, they can be quickly assembled even in remote areas and without heavy equipment. The masts made of PU and glass fibre have already proven themselves under the most difficult conditions: During the typhoon Rammasun, all elastolit poles in the Chinese province of Guangdong stopped, while 80,000 concrete poles were unable to withstand the storm.
More information about Elastolit® can be found here.