GE Renewable Energy and LafargeHolcim have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore circular economy solutions using materials from decommissioned wind turbines.
The companies are exploring new ways of recycling wind blades, as well as how wind turbine blades can be turned into sustainable construction materials to build new wind farms.
This research builds on LafargeHolcim’s work, under its Geocycle brand, to recover energy from GE’s decommissioned turbine blades after they have been removed from the turbine and shredded. Geocycle offers co-processing solutions for wind blades in Germany and will evaluate the possibility of extending this solution to other parts of Europe.
“This is a truly exciting next step in our journey to introduce new circular lifecycle improvements for the wind industry,” said Jérôme Pécresse, chief executive officer of GE Renewable Energy. “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.”
Credits: Renewable Energy World