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SustaBlade: Develpment of SUSTAinable Wind Turbine BLADEs using Novel Materials

SustaBlade is a Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland-funded project, kicking off in 2024. The project has won €455k under SEAI’s RD&D Funding Programme, and will run for 36 months in partnership with University of Galway.

SustaBlade is seeking out viable end-of-life solutions for turbine blade structures. Conventional structures currently rely on thermoset resins and glass fibre, hindering their recyclability. The consortium will work to incorporate circular materials into supply chains, with an overall goal of improving the environmental sustainability of the offshore wind energy sector.

As Ireland aims to secure 3GW of offshore energy capacity, it becomes crucial to adopt innovative solutions that reduce the carbon footprint of future wind farm developments throughout their entire lifecycles. The project will analyse, design, manufacture, and test full-scale wind turbine blades using novel sustainable materials, such as Elium, a thermoplastic resin. To determine the optimal combination of conventional and sustainable materials, panels with various configurations will be manufactured, tested, and analysed.

 

 

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