The aim is to make offshore wind farms fully circular. The plastic composite wind turbine blades form a challenge because there is still no economically lucrative method to recycle the complete blades on a large scale. The technology is there and so is the need. What are the challenges we need to overcome in the coming years?
On Wednesday 20 April, Harald van der Mijle Meijer, Senior Consultant Wind Energy at Dutch research company TNO, will elaborate on this topic at Offshore Seminar in Hal4 aan de Maas in Rotterdam.
TNO has conducted research into the efficient recovery of the glass fibre from the blade material and reuse in injection molding products such as recyclable car parts. This is one of the possible solutions that are feasible in Europe for scaling up. The different scenarios are analysed with the effect on costs and the impact on the environment based on the supply chain and the wind farms in the North Sea.
About Harald van der Mijle Meijer
Harald is senior consultant wind energy at the Dutch research organization TNO and has more than 15 years of experience in wind energy research and development projects at an international level. With his passion for the wind and the sea and background in materials science, his focus is on sustainability and circularity of offshore wind turbines.
He has worked for various companies and the Royal Netherlands Navy in the field of material application and maintenance in aerospace and marine applications and corrosion protection of wind turbine support structures.
Within TNO he is responsible for the research and market combination cluster circular wind farms with a focus on wind turbine design for circularity and recycling of wind turbine blades.
Book your ticket
Join Harald van der Mijle Meijer and other speakers from, Hendrik Veder Group, Modern American Recycling Services, Van Oord, Sea2Cradle, Offshore Platforms, KIVI Students and Bureau Veritas on Wednesday 20 April in Rotterdam. For the full programme and ticket prices, go to Offshore Seminar.