Experts at the Manufacturing Technology Centre are to take part in a 10 million euro EU project to develop technologies to recycle high value parts from wind turbine blades.
The four-year EoLO-HUBS project aims to recover glass and carbon fibres from large wind turbine structures that have reached the end of their useful life.
The Coventry-based MTC is one of 18 partners from across Europe. The project is coordinated by the Aitiip Technology Centre in Zaragoza, Spain. The consortium also includes research divisions from several leading industrial companies.
Europe is among the global leaders in wind energy technology accounting for more than 70 per cent of all wind power installed in the world. This meets nearly 14 per cent of the EU’s power demand, being the second largest form of power generation capacity in the EU.
EoLO-HUBs’ solution will provide an answer to the three main areas involved in the end-of-life for wind farm recycling:
A knowledge hub will be set up with a digital platform providing a circular economy framework to enable the replication of the project approach for wind turbine blade recycling, as well as accurate identification of raw materials.
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