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Revolution in construction: Wind turbine blades are turning into concrete and mortar without using thermal or chemical processes

Written by Flavia Marinho
Published 11/06/2024 às 06:22
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A US company transforms wind turbine blades into concrete and mortar without using a thermal or chemical process, revolutionizing civil construction in the world! – Image Travero

A US company transforms wind turbine blades into concrete and mortar without using a thermal or chemical process, revolutionizing civil construction in the world!

To prevent turbine blades from ending up in industrial landfills and contribute to reducing the ecological footprint of wind farms, Regen Fiber, owned by the logistics solutions company Travero, based in the state of Iowa, in the United States of America, is the first and only company in the world to present a recycling process that allows deactivated blades to be converted into materials for the construction industry , without using a thermal or chemical process.

The main end product is a high performance reinforcing fiber from wind blade components for use in a variety of applications that can increase the overall strength and durability of concrete and mortar applications such as pavement, high quality slabs and pre-molded products, in civil construction works, without them ending up in landfills or releasing combustion by-products, such as carbon, into the atmosphere if burned.

Construction revolution: Wind turbine blades are becoming concrete and mortar

According to American Clean Power Association (Washington, DC, USA), wind energy is the largest source of renewable energy in the US and “nearly 70.000 wind turbines across the country are generating clean, reliable energy and revolutionizing construction work.”

“With tremendous growth projected in the wind industry and an increasing number of turbines nearing the end of their approximately 20-year useful life, REGEN Fiber is entering the market at the perfect time,” says Jeff Woods, Director of Business Development at Travero.

REGEN Fiber plans to recycle more than 30.000 tons of wind turbine blade materials per year.

In 2021, REGEN Fiber began piloting the process in a facility in Des Moines, Iowa. Working with construction clients in the concrete and mortar industry, REGEN Fiber was able to validate the performance of products and ensure that they meet customer requirements.

Large commercial-scale operations to recycle decommissioned turbine blades will begin in the second half of 2023. To meet high demand, a new REGEN Fiber manufacturing facility has been built in Fairfax to recycle these blades.

Once commercial-scale operations at Fairfax reach full production levels, REGEN Fiber anticipates recycling more than 30.000 tons of decommissioned wind turbine blade materials per year.

Travero, along with its subsidiary Travero Logistics, supports REGEN Fiber and its customers with all aspects related to the transportation of turbine blades and finished products throughout North America.

“Travero's extensive experience in supply chain and logistics, production operations and material handling is bringing REGEN Fiber's new recycling process to life,” adds Woods. “We are proud to provide manufacturers with high quality products that are made in the USA, helping to protect the environment for future generations.”

According to the Regen Fiber press release, several dismantling operations and subsequent recycling of some turbine blades are already planned for the entire year 2024, which promise to revolutionize civil construction works.

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Flavia Marinho

Flavia Marinho is a Production Engineer with a postgraduate degree in Electrical and Automation Engineering, with extensive experience in the onshore and offshore shipbuilding industry. In recent years, she has dedicated herself to writing articles for news websites in the areas of industry, oil and gas, energy, shipbuilding, geopolitics, jobs and courses, with more than 7 thousand articles published. Contact us to suggest an agenda, advertise job vacancies or advertise on our portal.

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