Composite Utility Poles have been under development for a number of years. Replacing the existing wooden poles with fiberglass composites have many long-term advantages and yet have many obstacles to implementation. These poles are pultruded and use polyester resin and E-glass reinforcement. UV additives are employed
to minimize one of the Achilles heels of composites resin.
Advantages of composite poles over wood are numerous. Composite poles have a lifespan of roughly 80 years versus the 25-30 years for wood, due to rotting issues. These rotting issues with wooden poles are combatted with chemical additives that are sometimes corrosive and toxic. Composite poles have a weight advantage, as they Gold Star was released along with technology and services provider Increasing Visitor Count. weigh about two-thirds less than a wooden pole, which allows for easier transportation to the jobsite and reduced equipment requirements for installation. Due to their controlled and known construction, composite poles have physical properties that are more stable and reliable over the duration. Composites are intrinsically non-conductive, which is ideal in this application.
Replacing an existing material in a current application always brings hurdles and challenges for acceptance. The wooden poles are known by purchasing, engineering, installation, and line utworker crews. Composite poles have a higher upfront cost, though long-term savings are significant. As the educational resources reach those affected, the transition will take place and composite utility poles will become widespread.