Delivering sustainable solutions for the wind energy sector with geosynthetics
Geosynthetics can play a very important part in supporting sustainability during the construction of temporary and permanent works by helping to deliver the project quickly, economically and safely. Unpaved temporary access roads, compounds and working platforms are a critical aspect of enabling works for both onshore and offshore wind energy projects. While supporting extremely heavy loads, these often have to be built on weak or variable ground. An aggregate layer stabilised with geosynthetics performs as a composite, due to the interlocking mechanism and particle confinement that develops between the aggregate and the stabilisation geosynthetics. The mechanically stabilised layer provides more effective support to the entire pavement structure than aggregate alone, improving performance and saving time and money without compromising on safety.