The challenge

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

To bring this possibility closer, our team will showcase a cross-sector supply chain that reduces environmental impact, preserves the economic value in turbine blades and transfers the valuable materials for use in other applications.

Understanding the current turbine blade landscape

Developing a deep knowledge of the characteristics of in-service turbine blades is core to this part of the SusWIND programme. We are working with our members in the wind industry to build a complete picture of the current landscape, creating a map of turbine locations linking their age, quantity, and constituent materials.

Connecting the wind industry with recycling technologies 

We are examining the current state of composites recycling, the technologies suitable for blade recycling, how they can be improved and what kind of cross-sector engagement could be established.

This will result in an end-of-life down selection tool designed to help companies find the most suitable recycling technologies. The tool will consider our insights into existing turbine blades and determine how their age and location affects the selection of the most appropriate recycling route.

Best practice in recycled composite design

We are exploring the current standards for designing with recycled composites and how to break down existing barriers to entry for industry sectors - aerospace, surface transport, rail, construction, and infrastructure. Encouraging best practice, we will produce a comprehensive guide on how to design with recycled composites, with an aim to inspire confidence in this relatively uncharted area of reuse.

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