The world’s first recyclable wind turbine blade is ready for commercial use

Recyclable Wind Turbine Blade
The first six of Siemens Gamesa's 81-meter RecyclableBlades were produced at the company's blade manufacturing plant in Aalborg, Denmark. The product line is part of Siemens Gamesa's goal of manufacturing completely recyclable turbines by 2040. (Courtesy: Siemens)

The world's first recyclable wind turbine blade is ready for commercial use.

The first six of Siemens Gamesa's 81-meter RecyclableBlades were produced at the company's blade manufacturing plant in Aalborg, Denmark. The product line is part of Siemens Gamesa's goal of manufacturing completely recyclable turbines by 2040.

“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. The RecyclableBlade is another tangible example of how Siemens Gamesa is leading technological development in the wind industry,” said Siemens Gamesa CEO Andreas Nauen.

Siemens Gamesa is working with RWE to install the RecyclableBlades at the Kaskasi offshore wind power plant in Germany, and with EDF Renewables and wpd to deploy several sets of RecyclableBlade at future offshore wind projects.

“We are pleased that our offshore wind farm Kaskasi is able to provide a fantastic facility for testing innovations; here we are preparing to test special steel collars and to use an improved installation method for foundations," said Sven Utermöhlen, CEO Wind Offshore, RWE Renewables. "Now, Kaskasi installs the world’s first recyclable wind turbine blade manufactured by Siemens Gamesa. This is a significant step in advancing the sustainability of wind turbines to the next level."

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