Wind blade recycling project

TPI Composites, Tex-Tech and recycling specialist Carbon Rivers have partnered to recycle wind blade materials for use in cured in place pipe (CIPP) liners.

The pilot program involves pyrolyzing the end-of-life material and processing the recovered glass fiber. Lightweight hydrocarbons can also be recovered to use as feedstocks for new products, according to the companies.

“We have a strong corporate belief in creating sustainable supply chains that lead to the efficient use of raw materials to reduce overall waste,” said Vincent Gallacher, director of research & product development at Tex Tech.

“Upcycled glass fiber circular economies are not just necessary for wind energy, automotive, and marine industries but recovered materials are also essential for infrastructure and underground pipe systems,” added David Morgan, chief strategy officer at Carbon Rivers.