EDP Renewables (EDPR) has signed a cooperation agreement with Thermal Recycling of Composites (TRC) to undertake a new wind turbine blade recycling programme.

To be implemented on pilot basis, the initiative will look to recycle faulty or damaged turbine blades, including parts from EDPR's windfarms that have reached the end of their lifecycle.

As the sector is relatively new, wind energy waste has not yet reached significant volumes. However, EDPR suggests waste management is posing an increasing concern, and it seeks to create a new, sustainable system.

The collaboration has also launched new recycling technology R3FIBER, which has been developed by TRC and a team led by Félix López Gomez at CSIC’s National Centre for Metallurgical Research.

"EDPR suggests waste management is posing an increasing concern, and it seeks to create a new, sustainable system."

R3FIBER is developed to recycle fibre-infused plastics through a thermochemical transformation process. It converts resins of combustible gases and liquid fuels into glass or carbon fibres that can then be reused.

The technology is applicable to components made from both fibreglass and carbon fibre, such as wind turbines. It is designed to completely harness mass, energy, and the reuse of materials.

How well do you really know your competitors?

Access the most comprehensive Company Profiles on the market, powered by GlobalData. Save hours of research. Gain competitive edge.

Company Profile – free sample

Thank you!

Your download email will arrive shortly

Not ready to buy yet? Download a free sample

We are confident about the unique quality of our Company Profiles. However, we want you to make the most beneficial decision for your business, so we offer a free sample that you can download by submitting the below form

By GlobalData
Visit our Privacy Policy for more information about our services, how we may use, process and share your personal data, including information of your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.

TRC is a spinoff of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC).

Image: Deal signing between EDPR and TRC representatives. Photo: courtesy of EDP Renováveis/EDP Group.