Sustainable End-of-Life Management of Wind Turbine Blades: Overview of Current and Coming Solutions

Leon Mishnaevsky*

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    Various scenarios of end-of-life management of wind turbine blades are reviewed. "Reactive" strategies, designed to deal with already available, ageing turbines, installed in the 2000s, are discussed, among them, maintenance and repair, reuse, refurbishment and recycling. The main results and challenges of "pro-active strategies", designed to ensure recyclability of new generations of wind turbines, are discussed. Among the main directions, the wind turbine blades with thermoplastic and recyclable thermoset composite matrices, as well as wood, bamboo and natural fiber-based composites were reviewed. It is argued that repair and reuse of wind turbine blades, and extension of the blade life has currently a number of advantages over other approaches. While new recyclable materials have been tested in laboratories, or in some cases on small or medium blades, there are remaining technological challenges for their utilization in large wind turbine blades.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number1124
    Issue number5
    Number of pages25
    Publication statusPublished - 2021


    • Wind energy
    • Wind turbine blades
    • Composites
    • Maintenance
    • Decommissioning
    • Recycling
    • Repair
    • Biobased composites


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