Siemens Gamesa creates recyclable turbine blade

RecyclableBlade is being launched as the world’s first recyclable wind turbine blade for commercial use offshore, allowing the separation of the materials in the blade at the end of its lifetime, enabling recycling into new applications.

“The time to tackle climate emergency is now, and we need to do it in a holistic way. In pioneering wind circularity – where elements contribute to a circular economy of the wind industry – we have reached a major milestone in a society that puts care for the environment at its heart,” stated Andreas Nauen, CEO of Siemens Gamesa.

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.

Siemens Gamesa is committed with RWE to install and monitor the world's first wind turbines with recyclable blades in Germany at the Kaskasi offshore wind power plant. Current plans are for the project to be producing energy from 2022 onwards.

Siemens Gamesa recently launched its Sustainability Vision towards 2040, with the company announcing the goal to make turbines fully recyclable by 2040.

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