Accelerating sustainable composite materials and technology for wind turbine blades

Globally, around 14,000 wind turbines blades are reaching the end of their usable life within the next two to three years - that’s almost 50,000 tonnes of blades that are currently destined for landfill or incineration.  Based on the current installed capacity, this could increase tenfold by the end of the decade.

Delivered in partnership with the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and supported by The Crown Estate and RenewableUK, SusWIND will discover and demonstrate viable ways to recycle composite wind turbine blades, to explore the use of sustainable materials and processes in developing composites for blades, and to innovate in design to future-proof the turbine blades of tomorrow.

Advancing offshore wind the first step in the Prime Minister’s 10-point plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, given it is such a critical source of renewable energy for our growing economy. Investing now in the future of composites sustainability will unlock the use of recycled and recyclable composites for the next generation of sustainable products, especially the larger wind turbines of the future. This will create a future where composites are a viable, sustainable and low carbon material for use across multiple industries including renewable energy, transportation and infrastructure.


Delivering a sustainable future for composites in wind

Developing a circular supply chain for wind turbines blade is the ultimate goal for SusWIND. Our 2021/22 review of the first year of the programme highlights the significant progress we have made towards that goal. We are growing a community of stakeholders in the composites industry and energy sector to create end-of-life value from past and current generations of turbine blades and embed circularity at the heart of future generations of turbines. To make that happen, the programme is tackling the main challenges of legacy and future blades.

Download the SusWIND Annual Review

SusWIND work programmes

  • Read more about Recycle


    How can composite material from end-of-life turbine blades re-enter the supply chain as a recycled composite material for use in other sectors? 

  • Read more about Sustain


    How can the introduction of more sustainable materials and processes reduce the environmental footprint of blade manufacture? 

  • Read more about Design


    How can wind turbines be designed for circularity to eliminate production waste and enable disassembly? 

  • Read more about Who's involved?

    Who's involved?

    SusWIND is bringing together leading stakeholders in the composites industry and energy sector to help create a future where recycled and recyclable composites are a viable, sustainable and low carbon material for use across multiple industries. The possibilities are endless when we collaborate and bring together the best minds to drive innovation.

  • Read more about Join us

    Join us

    We need industry support, collaboration and investment to deliver a more sustainable future by creating a circular lifecycle for composite materials. Contact us to discuss the programme in more detail and how you can get involved in this exciting initiative.

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