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General Electric’s renewable energy sector and Lafarge Holcim, the world’s largest cement manufacturer, have signed a contract to seek recycling of wind turbine blades.
The Memorandum of Understanding will focus companies on the quest for “circular economy solutions.” Business practices related to the concept of the circular economy have gained momentum in recent years, and many companies around the world are trying to operate in a way that minimizes waste.
In a statement Thursday, the two companies added that they are considering “a new way to recycle wind blades, including as a construction material for building new wind farms.”
The plan announced this week builds on the existing relationship between the two companies. Last June, GE Renewable Energy announced that it would partner with Lafarge Holcim and another company, COBOD International, to develop a wind turbine that uses a 3D-printed concrete base.
The question of what to do when wind turbine blades are no longer needed is a headache for the industry. This is because the composites used in manufacturing are difficult to recycle and many blades are landfilled at the end of their useful life.
The number of wind turbines on the planet appears to continue to grow as governments around the world are trying to increase their renewable energy capacity. This puts more pressure on the sector to find sustainable solutions to blade disposal.
Over the past few years, major wind energy players have announced plans to try to tackle the problem. Last week, Denmark’s Orsted announced that it would “reuse, recycle, or recover” when all turbine blades in its global portfolio of wind farms are deprecated.
In April, it was announced that academia and industry cooperation would focus on the recycling of fiberglass products. This can ultimately help reduce waste generated from wind turbine blades.
Last December, GE Renewable Energy and Velolia North America signed a “multi-year contract” to recycle blades removed from US onshore wind turbines. And in January 2020, wind energy giant Vestas said it was aiming to produce “zero waste” turbines by 2040.
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