New HS2 Pilot Project Swaps Steel for Retired Wind Turbine Blades to Reinforce Concrete

March 22 (2021

Worn-out wind turbine blades destined for the incinerator will instead be used to create carbon-friendly reinforced concrete on Britain’s new high speed rail network, HS2 Ltd has said.

The innovative project will swap steel rebar, traditionally used to reinforce concrete, with sections of glass fiber reinforced polymer turbine blades that have reached the end of their operational lives generating low carbon electricity.

By 2023, around 15,000 turbine blades will have been decommissioned across the UK and EU. Until now, expired blades have either been ground down to be used as building materials or sent to energy-from-waste incinerators.

The innovation, believed to be a world first, will use suitable sections cut from decommissioned wind turbine blades in reinforced concrete instead of steel rebar.

Substituting steel for sections of retired wind turbine blades cuts by up to 90% the carbon generated by concrete reinforcement.

The initiative is being taken forward under HS2 Ltd’s innovation program by Skanska Costain STRABAG Joint Venture, and the UK’s world-leading National Composites Centre, part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

For identifying growth opportunities in the global wind energy composites market, please visit
http://www.lucintel.com/composite_materials_in_wind_energy_market_2018.aspx

Lucintel Corporate Customers

Market Entry, M & A, Opportunity Screening,...

Private Equity Customers

Buy Side Services (target screening, due diligence, ..)

Customer Quotes

"With more than 20 years experience in the industry, this is the first time we have come across such an extensive market analysis for our industry." Ven Cote, CEO, ZCL

"The insights we gained from Lucintel work helped with our business plan…a wonderful professional job…" Mike Jackson, Stahlin

"The report from Lucintel is useful not only for business planners, but also for the technology officers wanting to create a roadmap …" Dr. Giulio Ranzo, Booz Allen

"The information is so comprehensive, it has allowed us to identify & focus our business development efforts. It saved months of leg-work." Bill Barz, L&L Products

"We bought Lucintel report because it is the best report about our industry…a complete and appropriate analysis." Cesare Andrenacci, Ferretti