BladeBridge repurposes decommissioned wind turbine blades into cycleway bridges and public structures, thereby helping the wind and public infrastructure sectors to participate in the circular economy.
Wind Turbine Blade Repurposing
The need to grow Ireland’s renewable energy capacity through wind power generation also creates a blade waste problem for the wind sector when turbines reach end-of-life. Many of the turbine components are recyclable. However, the blades, which are made from glass fiber reinforced polymer, are yet to be commercially recycled.
BladeBridge works with wind farms, waste management companies, and public bodies to repurpose unwanted blade material into aesthetically pleasing cycleway bridges, contributing to Ireland’s expanding greenway network while allowing infrastructure developers to participate in the circular economy and green procurement. BladeBridge can help decouple the generation of renewable energy from the production of waste, which is paramount in making progress against SDGs 7, 12, and 17.
Our bridges are designed by a chartered Civil and Structural Engineer with 30 years’ experience, and have a 17% lower lifetime carbon footprint than a conventional bridge. We offer waste diversion declarations for wind farms and waste management companies, to allow the generators of this waste to benefit from choosing an end of life option that is higher on the EU waste hierarchy.