Recycling decommissioned turbines drives wind industry’s circularity

Circular economy

Germany GE Renewable Energy has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a multi-year partnership with neowa to disassemble decommissioned German onshore wind turbines and recycle various components, helping to drive the circularity of the wind industry.

The companies will also jointly explore the potential to expand neowa’s unique blade recycling technology for other countries in Europe. In line with the agreement, neowa will provide service involving dismantling and removing decommissioned turbines from the turbine pad, as well as recycling other components. 90% of the mass of the wind turbine will be recycled. Additionally, neowa will leverage its patented technique and instruments to shred wind turbine blades into small pellets for use as a feedstock in the manufacturing of cement. Through GE’s agreement with neowa, nearly 100% of the blade material, by weight, will be processed and ready for reuse.

Bringing circular solutions to the market

The next stage in GE’s commitment on providing circular solutions to the European market is right around the corner, as the European Commission has adopted a new Circular Economy Action Plan. Over 10 GW of old turbines in Europe will be repowered or retired by 2025. GE Renewable Energy is dedicated to providing circular lifecycle solutions to the market, and has recently announced a number of important agreements and partnerships, including a similar multi-year arrangement with Veolia North America that it signed last year.