Over the past two decades, both private companies and research scientists have been dedicated to exploring recycling options for wind turbine blades that have reached the end of their operational life.
Today, significant progress has been made in the development of scalable and circular solutions to accommodate the increasing number of decommissioned wind turbines.
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Recycling turbines towards a circular wind industry
The DecomBlades innovation project has reached a milestone in the recycling of wind turbine blades towards a more circular wind industry.
Leveraging a large-scale pyrolysis test plant developed by MAKEEN Energy, the consortium behind the DecomBlades innovation project has succeeded in extracting and processing high-quality glass fibres, the principal wind blade component, from retired 37-meter tall wind turbines.
“At first attempt, we have succeeded in recovering and processing glass fibre that is suitable for inclusion in the raw material mix on a par with virgin material in the extremely sensitive glass fibre production process. We have achieved this important milestone not at a laboratory scale but at an industrial level. The process has real commercial prospects. It’s incredibly exciting to have reached this point,” says Irene Bach Velling Villadsen, Project Manager at MAKEEN Energy
Through a tight-knit partnership with subcontractors, and notably with the glass fibre manufacturer, 3B-Fibreglass, the project has established a strong foundation for crafting both a value chain and a sales channel dedicated to recycled glass fibre.
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