Photoluminescent safety sign specialist Everlux, best known as a supplier to the marine industry, has secured a spate of orders for signage for offshore windfarms and is actively bidding for several more
Everlux has been supplying photoluminescent safety signs since 1989 and it is currently active in more than 80 different countries through a selected reseller network.
As Everlux marine and offshore market manager Tiago Pedrosa told OWJ, it has been involved in the offshore wind industry since the start of the energy transition.
Everlux products have been selected for several well-known offshore windfarms, including the Wikinger project in Germany and the East Anglia 1, Moray East, and more recently the Seagreen windfarm in the UK. Most recently, photoluminescent signs from Everlux were selected for the Neart na Gaoith offshore windfarm in Scotland.
Mr Pedrosa explained that a decisive factor contributing to the company’s success in the offshore wind market is its research and development capability.
“From an early stage, we understood the challenges that safety signs would have to meet in the offshore wind industry,” Mr Pedrosa told OWJ.
“Continuous exposure to adverse weather and the marine environment, to sun, rain, temperature variations and sea spray and its corrosive properties are challenges we are used to addressing in the marine and offshore sectors.
“But the real challenge with offshore wind was to overcome the challenges associated with installing signage on offshore wind structures,” said Mr Pedrosa.
“A lot of the safety signs used on offshore windfarms need to be installed on the legs of the jacket-type foundations that are often used. These are rounded and coated with protective compounds that are repellent to most adhesives.
“To overcome these challenges, our R&D department undertook a number of tests and trials with surfaces of this type and developed multi-layer safety signs that provide a high-grip answer to the particular challenges associated with the offshore wind application.
“As a result, our signs have become an effective technical choice for such applications, and Everlux high-resistance, high-grip multiple layer signs are now being used successfully on a growing number of offshore windfarms.”
Mr Pedrosa said Everlux is finalising the commercial details of a supply agreement for another offshore windfarm and is tendering for the safety signage packages for others.
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