Category: Wind

Vattenfall unveils blade recycling plan

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Swedish utility has ambition to reuse, recycle or recover 100% of turbine parts by 2030.

Winds of change: Improvements for wind energy production

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In recent years, much progress has been made in the wind energy industry as the cost of development has declined significantly with emerging technologies and incentive policies. Nevertheless, wind farms can be made more efficient. Researchers now examine diurnal and seasonal patterns of wind speeds and their impact on the adequacy of energy production. The results helped them develop a seasonal adequacy assessment procedure.

Renewable Energy Equipment Recover-Reuse Program: Wind Turbine Material Management

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Beginning in 2021, the Wind Turbine Materials Management Team in ISTC’s Renewable Energy Equipment Recover-Reuse Program is coordinating a group of experts across various sectors in wind energy and waste management to evaluate waste management concerns related to wind energy development in Illinois. The intent of this focus area of the Program is to develop technical and logistical recommendations for end-of-life wind energy materials management in Illinois and other utility-scale wind states in the Midwest.

Siemens Gamesa launches recyclable offshore blade

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Siemens Gamesa has launched what the company describes as the world’s first wind turbine blade ready for commercial use offshore that can be recycled at the end of its lifecycle – the RecyclableBlade.

Windbreaks may improve wind farm power

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Simulations suggest that optimally placed barriers could boost wind farm performance by as much as 10%.

The circular economy meets decommissioned wind turbine blades

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As the world ramps up renewable energy deployments, an uncomfortable truth is arising: The materials, manufacturing processes and disposal methods for clean technologies are creating their own issues.

Case in point: wind turbine blades.

In the U.S. alone, about 8,000 blades are expected to be removed this year. Most of those were installed more than a decade ago, when installations were less than a fifth of what they are now. In other words, this is a problem that is about to get a lot bigger.

The replacement of those turbines represents a perfect opportunity to take a look at wind energy and how circular principles can make the equipment even more environmentally friendly.

Wind industry calls for ban on old turbine blades in landfills

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Countries across Europe should ban old turbine blades from going into landfills by the middle of the decade, industry group Wind Europe said Wednesday.

GE, LafargeHolcim partner to improve circularity of wind industry with turbine recycling initiative

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Renewable energy solutions company GE Renewable Energy, and building materials company LafargeHolcim announced today an initiative aimed at improving the circularity of the wind energy industry through the utilization of materials from decommissioned wind turbines.

New coalition aims to commercialize recyclability of wind turbine blades

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A coalition of industry and academic leaders have developed a new technology to enable circularity for thermoset composites, the material used to make wind turbine blades. 

The new technology delivers the final technological step on the journey towards a fully recyclable wind turbine value chain. To enable the adoption of this new technology, and to advance a circular economy across the wind industry, a new initiative entitled Circular Economy for Thermosets Epoxy Composites (CETEC) has been established. Within three years, CETEC is aiming to present a fully scoped solution ready for industrial adoption, based on the commercialization of the novel circularity technology.

Partly funded by Innovation Fund Denmark (IFD), CETEC is spearheaded by Vestas, a provider of sustainable energy solutions, and involves both industrial and academic leaders including Olin, a producer of epoxy, the Danish Technological Institute (DTI) and Aarhus University. 

End of wind power waste? Vestas unveils blade recycling technology

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Wind turbine maker Vestas unveiled new technology on Monday which it says enables wind turbine blades to be fully recycled, avoiding the dumping of old blades.

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