GE Renewable Energy & LafargeHolcim Team Up for More Circular Wind Industry

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 6/10/2021, Location: Europe

- GE and LafargeHolcim are working on short- and long- term solutions to address critical industry issues, including reducing the environmental footprint of wind turbines

- Announcing MOU to recycle decommissioned GE wind turbine blades into energy and construction materials

- Joint commitment to innovative circular economy solutions consistent with European Union’s Circular Economy focus

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.

Jerome Pecresse, CEO of GE Renewable Energy said, “This is a truly exciting next step in our journey to introduce new circular lifecycle improvements for the wind industry. We are delighted to work with LafargeHolcim on these critical projects, which will help to improve the sustainability of wind power now and well into the future.”

Edelio Bermejo, Head of LafargeHolcim’s Global Innovation Center said: “With sustainability at the core of our strategy, accelerating renewable energy and the circular economy are top priorities for our business. I’m very excited about this collaboration with GE Renewable Energy because it meets both goals at once.”

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.

Nearly 10 GW of aging turbines in Europe are expected to be repowered or decommissioned by 2025. GE Renewable Energy is committed to bringing circular lifecycle solutions to the market through strategic technology developments and has recently announced a number of key agreements and partnerships.

As part of it net zero journey, LafargeHolcim is actively driving the circular economy to build more with less. As a world leader in recycling, LafargeHolcim recycled 46 million tons of materials across its business in 2020 and on its way to 100 million tons by 2030.


Denmark >>  6/21/2021 - Jan De Nul Group installs a total of 72 wind turbines of 8.4MW each on behalf of Vattenfall Denmark. All together, these turbines will produce enough ...
South Korea >>  6/18/2021 - Vestas has received a 46 MW order from Yeongwol Eco Wind Co., Ltd. for the Yeongwol Eco Wind Project in Korea. Co-owned with E1 Corporation and to be ...

United States >>  6/17/2021 - - Reliability of added power generation will help Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) meet the growing energy needs of the community as part of its Pow...
Japan >>  6/16/2021 - - Featuring 79 turbines in total, the Dohoku wind farm cluster, located in the Hokkaido island of north Japan, is the largest of its kind in the count...

Ukraine >>  6/16/2021 - Vestas has secured an order for the second phase of the DTEK Tiligul project, a wind farm which totals 500 MW in capacity, from DTEK Renewables. This ...
Australia >>  6/14/2021 - Nordex SE and Acciona Energía are in advanced negotiations of contracts and are about to reach agreement in principle for the supply and installation ...




Gulf Oil and Gas
Copyright © 2021 Universal Solutions All rights reserved. - Terms of Service - Privacy Policy.