Consortium led by Aker Offshore Wind secures blade recycling pilot project funding

Consortium led by Aker Offshore Wind secures blade recycling pilot project funding

24 Nov 2021

A UK Government grant has been secured for an innovative pilot to develop the UK’s first wind blade turbine recycling plant.

The £2m three-year project involves a consortium led by Aker Offshore Wind and Scottish researchers, with the aim of ensuring a more sustainable future for the global wind industry and the wider composites manufacturing industry – accelerating the drive towards net zero emissions and waste and creating new skills and job opportunities in the UK.

The pilot will now get underway to develop a commercially viable solution, overseen by industry lead Aker Offshore Wind, trade body Composites UK, and researchers at the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Composites Group and Lightweight Manufacturing Centre, which is a part of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland Group.

Other academic and industry partners include Nottingham University, global waste management firm SUEZ, composite distributor GRP Solutions and composite part manufacturer Cubis.

The project is set up to commercialise a revolutionary method developed by the University of Strathclyde to separate the glass-fibre and resin components in composites and recover the glass-fibre component which can then be reprocessed, moulded, and reused in other industries, such as the motor trade and the construction industry.

Innovate UK, the UK Government’s innovation agency, has awarded £1.3m to the project, with Aker Offshore Wind contributing more than £500,000 to make the project a reality.

To find out more about the UK Government’s innovation agency click here.

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