Paul Leahy

Lecturer University College Cork

Conference Day 2

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020

9:15 AM Opening panel discussion on rotor blade recycling

  Paul Leahy, Lecturer in Wind Energy Engineering, University College Cork
  SandriDi Noi, Manager Innovation & Strategic Research, Suzlon

2:00 PM Sustainable end-of-life solutions for decommissioned wind turbine blades

There is 600 GW of wind capacity deployed around the world. A large number of wind turbines will be decommissioned in the coming decades
This will lead to a large volume of composite material waste from end-of-life blades
Repurposing is an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable end-of-life option for composite material wind  turbine blades
Repurposing is preferable to materials recovery, waste-to-energy or landfilling within the circular economy paradigm, and may offer additional social benefits over these other options

Workshop Day

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

8:30 AM Workshop B: Rotor blade recycling: sustainable decommissioning practices for GFRP blades

When wind parks are decommissioned or repowered, bulky GFRP blades must be removed. Several options are available to deal with end-of-life GFRP including resale, repurposing, re-use, materials recovery, downcycling incineration or landfill. The workshop will explore the social, environmental and economic aspects of these options through group exercises.

Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Paul.

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