GE’s multi-year agreement with neowa to dismantle and remove decommissioned turbines will recycle up to 90% of the turbines. Additionally, neowa’s proprietary process to shred turbine blades will create a feedstock for cement production.
With its research and development team, LafargeHolcim plans to explore how wind turbine blades can be turned into sustainable construction materials. This research builds on the company’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.
Over the last few years, other major players in wind energy have announced plans to address the wind blade recycling issue, including Orsted’s efforts to reuse, recycle, or recover all turbine blades in its wind portfolio, a collaboration between academia and industry focusing on the recycling of glass fiber products, GE’s multi-year agreement with Veolia North America to recycle blades removed from onshore wind turbines in the U.S., and Vestas’ announcement to produce zero waste turbines by the year 2040.