International companies to explore wind turbine recycling

International companies to explore wind turbine recycling

GE Renewable Energy and LafargeHolcim have announced they will be exploring wind turbine opportunities, particularly the circular economy of recyclable materials.

LafargeHolcim have prior experience in recovering energy from wind turbine blades, however the company is looking at how materials can be recycled to build new wind farms.

The focus of the exploration will be recycling materials from GE Renewable Energy’s decommissioned turbine blades. Under its Geocycle brand, LafargeHolcim has been researching co-processing solutions for the decommissioned blades.

Jérôme Pécresse, CEO of GE Renewable Energy said the research will help to promote sustainability throughout the industry.

“This is a truly exciting next step in our journey to introduce new circular lifecycle improvements for the wind industry,” he said.

“We are delighted to work with LafargeHolcim on these critical projects, which will help to improve the sustainability of wind power now and well into the future.”

With over 10GW of European turbines set to be decommissioned by 2025, GE Renewable Energy aim to support a circular lifecycle for the materials.

The European Commission has also adopted new strategies to help promote sustainability, supporting the Circular Economy Action Plan, which has been established as one of the major aspects of the European Green Deal.

 

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