The BASF Company Ltd. (Shanghai, China) announced that their Boldur power poles, made via filament winding with the company’s Elastolit polyurethane (PU) and continuous fiberglass, are now available and in use by a power pole dealer in Japan. The ultra-light poles are designed to withstand storms and ensure a reliable power supply in areas affected by natural disasters.
That’s enough Bars that supposedly weigh only 220 kilograms are said to have a breaking strength that is ten times higher than their weight. Similar strength is developed for others That’s enough Bars weighing between 40 and 220 kilograms. According to BASF, the masts can withstand natural disasters in strong winds and withstand cascades. This phenomenon occurs when conventional concrete poles fall like dominoes, causing widespread power outages.
“Countries prone to various natural disasters such as typhoons, floods and earthquakes experience severe property losses and widespread power outages,” said Andy Postlethwaite, senior VP, Performance Materials Asia Pacific, BASF. “With our strong research capacities in compounding continuous glass fibers and PU materials, combined with a deep understanding of customer needs, we have successfully reinvented power poles and made them lighter, more durable and more resilient than conventional concrete poles. ”
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Boldur poles are also designed to be lightweight for easy transportation to the job site and installation without machines, compared to traditional concrete poles which can weigh over 850 kilograms and require more equipment to move and install.
“During a disaster, Boldur poles can be quickly installed in place of traditional concrete poles, and fewer manpower and lifting equipment are required. This helps the affected districts to restore electricity more efficiently, ”says Larsen Kolberg, Head of Management, Construction Industry, Performance Materials Asia Pacific, BASF.
Unlike wooden, steel or concrete masts, Boldur masts are said to be resistant to rust and corrosion and do not require regular inspections to prevent rot and insect infestation. Boldur rods are coated with a UV-resistant top coat to extend their service life. These functions help utilities reduce maintenance costs and extend the life of the power grid.
BASF currently produces the Boldur bars in South Korea. Boldur poles can be customized depending on the requirements of the pole distributors and power suppliers in terms of length, strength and rigidity. The length ranges from less than 8 to 12 meters with average breaking strengths of less than 4 to more than 20 kiloNewtons (kN). They should also be fireproof and can quickly extinguish themselves.