New sustainable system for recycling wind turbine blades

New sustainable system for recycling wind turbine blades
BRIO. Credit: Elhuyar Fundazioa

The BRIO project led by Iberdrola, and as partners Tecnalia and Gaiker-IK4, has come up with a new system to recycle wind turbine blades from wind farms.

BRIO, which belongs to the European LIFE+ programme, is an initiative that aims to create a new sustainable system to manage and recycle wind that are no longer in use, either because they have to be replaced as a result of a breakdown or because the wind farms have come to the end of their useful service life.

The recycling of these major structures has been geared towards recovering the materials used to produce them, so that they can subsequently be taken advantage of as secondary raw materials in other products.

During the demonstration of the final phase of the BRIO project conducted on a pilot scale, the attendees had the chance to witness a mechanical recycling process involving the automatic separation of materials from the blades using optical means and their subsequent crushing to obtain recovered fractions of long fibres and blends of short fibres and polymer materials with the possibility of being used in other sectors.

The long fibre recovered will be re-used to reinforce prefabricated concrete components, while the remaining blade material with insulating properties will be used in cores in multi-layer panels for construction purposes.

BRIO has emerged out of the need to address the problems of waste products coming from the blades of installed on wind farms. These are generated when the blades are no longer of any use, either for operational or maintenance considerations or because the wind farms have come to the end of their useful service life and have to be dismantled or upgraded.

Right now, the management of waste materials of this type is posing an emerging environmental problem because, given the recent nature of the development of the wind turbine business, a significant volume of material has not yet been generated.

However, there are already countries such as Germany where a ban has been imposed on the disposal of untreated solid urban waste. As a result, such as need to find appropriate formulas so that they can be recycled.

In this respect, the BRIO project aims to anticipate viable solutions designed to optimize the procedures to dismantle the farms, by properly providing for the management of waste of this type. At the same time, the aim is to draw up legislative recommendations and guides to good practices within the framework of the European Union to regulate these aspects.

The benefit will be in terms of a cut in the management costs linked to dismantling as well as a reduction in the environmental impact of the service life cycle of .


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Jul 26, 2016
Anyone tried recycling nuclear materials yet? No reactors? No fuel assemblies? No piping?

I suggest we use it in the buildings of the NRC, who made it for us.

Jul 26, 2016
Anyone tried recycling nuclear materials yet?
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given you are not familiar with the topic or are ignorant of the physics and information, then i suggest a brush up on the wiki page: https://en.wikipe...ocessing

feel free to argue against the linked references, but provide the equivalent evidence if you are going to counter argue the point
(IOW- studies, like my first link - not just your regular emotional fear-mongering posts of quips from your past plethora of flooded opinion)

Jul 26, 2016
Well, I was not talking about spent fuel (the Waste of Satan), I was referring to all the radioactive materials. I guess even specifying reactor vessel, fuel assemblies, and piping could not narrow it down for you.

I told you that wiki is worthless if you do not understand the issues, the science, or even the verbiage.

IOW, you are still overcome with the emotion of getting even, and making a further fool of yourself.

Jul 26, 2016
@STOLEN VALOR liar-kam
I was not talking about spent fuel (the Waste of Satan)
1- you were not specific- communication in science fields tends to be specific

2- your ad hominem red-herring addition of emotional opinionated content is irrelevant if there is no science or evidence - especially when you use a delusional religious reference
I told you that wiki is worthless
are you still illiterate?

that is why the first links were not wiki

- i chose to add the wiki because you've demonstrated ignorance and required simpler explanations without the technical details

continuing further in this discussion is worthless because you can't actually make a valid argument with any evidence or links/references to scientific content

you can't even mention scientific content without adding your emotional please to fear-mongering

therefore, per our agreement...


Jul 26, 2016
"No reactors? No fuel assemblies? No piping?"
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Once again, did you NOT see those exact words, and not the words "fuel" or "waste"?

You are off the deep end, Toots. I suggest you limit the self-damage.

Jul 26, 2016
@STOLEN VALOR liar-kam
1- ignoring your post b/c you didn't actually post any scientific content, nor do you use links/references as evidence

2- also note: the quote i posted is relevant and a direct copy of your own words indicating the failure is your own, not mine

literacy is important

3- you still are OT. the thread is about "sustainable system for recycling wind turbine blades"

4- per your own admonishments and repeated pleas to keep on topic or at least on science, and our agreement: reported for spamming and OT EMO fear-mongering

.

-if you do not understand the issues, the science, or even the verbiage, you should either indicate it or research the topic

IOW, you are still overcome with the emotion of getting even, and making a further fool of yourself.

you should post relevant content or consider anhero

since you refuse to post content or science, i'm not replying again
(unless you do, and it's relevant, or answers with evidence)

Jul 27, 2016
Give up the hate, Rumpy, . . you can do it.

You had just gone completely out-of-control again, a symptom of serious personal trouble.

Now, back to the issue of recycling. Seen any reactor vessels recycled? No? What do they do with them? How about all that radioactive piping and balance-of-plant? Where to hide it?

They cannot let that stuff get back into the steel we use! We have to isolate it. Now, we have more problems, and will continue to do so because of that ridiculous idea of nuclear power.

Jul 27, 2016
I told you that wiki is worthless if you do not understand the issues, the science, or even thE bullshit
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Jul 27, 2016
Has anybody noticed most of otto's posts are about me?

Does he dream of me, too?

And he follows me around, awarding me ones immediately, no matter the post. I figured this was the way you play that game, so I do it to him now, too.

Jul 27, 2016
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Jul 27, 2016
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Jul 28, 2016
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Jul 30, 2016
Hey Gkam, look something up for once, ya stupid dumbass.

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Why ask the question when it only takes literally 5 seconds to answer it? Dumbass.

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By the way, Captn Stumpys' post has links that answer your question, But George can't read.

Jul 30, 2016
I was referring to all the radioactive materials. I guess even specifying reactor vessel, fuel assemblies, and piping could not narrow it down for you.


Those are recycled where possible. There are companies - where law allows, such as in Norway - that recover metals from old reactor components and other contaminated materials. It's largely a political problem, not a technical one.

Most of the radioactive scrap from nuclear powerplants doesn't exceed the levels already permitted for recycled materials, so they could be simply dumped in a smelter or ground up into aggregate and re-used already, but because there exists a double standard on the permissible level of radiation between materials coming from the nuclear industry and elsewhere, these assets are basically buried as nuclear waste.


Jul 30, 2016
The recycling of these major structures has been geared towards recovering the materials used to produce them, so that they can subsequently be taken advantage of as secondary raw materials in other products.


That's not recycling. That's downcycling, and it doesn't get rid of the problem - it just postpones it.

If old wind turbine blades are used to reinforce concrete, what do you do with the concrete? Can it be recycled? Answer is: nope. Concrete is not recyclable if it contains fillers. Old concrete is downcycled into gravel and used in land construction - except if it contains things like epoxies from recycled wind turbine blades which would leech poisonous chemicals into the ground, in which case it needs to be treated as toxic waste and you're back to the original problem, only this time the volume of the waste and difficulty of treating it is greater.

So it's just kicking the can down the road.

Jul 30, 2016
We're doomed!!

Doomed, I tell ya'!

Let's just give up.

Jul 30, 2016
" leech" ?

The word is "leach".

A leech is a parasite.

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