GE Inks Wind Turbine Decommissioning & Recycling Pact with neowa
GE Renewable Energy announced has entered into an MOU for a multi-year agreement with neowa to dismantle decommissioned Germany-based onshore wind turbines and recycle a variety of components, including blades, during partial and full repowering, contributing to the lifecycle 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. As a part of the agreement, neowa will provide deinstallation services to GE Renewable Energy and its customers, including dismantling and removing decommissioned turbines from the turbine pad, as well as recycling various components. neowa will recycle up to 90% of the mass of the wind turbine. Additionally, neowa will utilize its proprietary process and tools to shred wind turbine blades, including the glass fibers, into pellets of varying sizes, to be used as a feedstock in the production of cement.
neowa has a successful history of supplying composite materials to the cement industry. The cement resulting from this process can ultimately be used to build cement foundations and towers for new turbines, utilizing approximately 20%+ less CO2 compared to conventional processes, and continuing the lifecycle circularity of the product. Through GE’s agreement with neowa, nearly 100% of the blade material, by weight, will be processed and ready for reuse.