GE & LafargeHolcim Team Up for More Circular Wind Industry
GE Renewable Energy and LafargeHolcim announced an MOU to explore circular economy solutions to utilize materials from decommissioned wind turbines. Building on LafargeHolcim’s 10+ years of experience in recovering energy from wind turbine blades, the companies are exploring new ways of recycling wind blades, including as a construction material to build new wind farms.
With its Research & Development team, LafargeHolcim is exploring how wind turbine blades can be turned into sustainable construction materials. This research builds on the company’s work, under its Geocycle brand, to recover energy from GE’s decommissioned turbine blades after they have been removed from the turbine and shredded. Geocycle currently offers co-processing solutions for wind blades in Germany and will evaluate the possibility of extending this solution to other parts of Europe.
This next phase continues the collaboration between these two companies, following the 2020 announcement to co-develop wind turbine towers at record heights using concrete 3D-printing together with COBOD, the Danish 3D printing start-up. Since the start of that collaboration, wind turbine tower prototypes have been developed using concrete 3D printing technology that is stronger, more efficient, and can be built ten times faster than before.
This announcement is a key next step in both partners focus on circular solutions, especially for the European market, at a time when the European Commission has adopted a new Circular Economy Action Plan, one of the main blocks of the European Green Deal.