Siemens Gamesa Pioneers Wind Circularity: Launch of World’s First Recyclable Wind Turbine Blade for Commercial Use Offshore

September 13 2021

Siemens Gamesa (Zamudio, Spain) reported the launch of RecyclableBlade, which it says is the world’s first recyclable wind turbine blade ready for commercial use offshore.

According to the company, the blades are manufactured from multiple reinforcement materials — in the same IntegralBlade manufacturing process as Siemens Gamesa’s other blades — combined with a new resin that has been designed to dissolve in a reportedly mild, efficient recycling process at the end of the blade’s service life. The company says this process and resin protects the properties of the blade reinforcement materials, and allows them to be reused or recycled into new applications after separation from the resin.

The first six 81-meter long RecyclableBlades have been produced at the Siemens Gamesa blade factory in Aalborg, Denmark.

Many components of a wind turbine, such as the tower and nacelle components have established recycling practices. Until now, the composite materials used in wind turbine blades have been more challenging to recycle. Built on proven, reliable processes, the Siemens Gamesa RecyclableBlade breaks this mould and is the first of its kind, enabling recycling at the end of its lifecycle, and sets the path to a future where the full recyclability of projects will be a market requirement.

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