Re-WInd: New project explores sustainable reuse of wind turbine blades
Exciting new US-Ireland triparite research project seeks to find novel sustainable re-use options for end of life wind turbine blades.
The project consortium comprise leading research insititutions in Ireland, Northern Ireland and the USA namely, City University of New York, Georgia Institute of Technology, University College Cork, and Queen’s University Belfast - with the research team spaning a number of disciplines including: engineering, architecture, geography, sociology, and political science.
The Re-Wind project is a response to a challenge of end-life-life management of non-biodegradable blades found in current wind turbines in a sustainable manner. The project takes an innovative multidisciplinary approach, to compare sustainable end–of–life reuse and recycling strategies for these composite material wind turbine blades.
The UCC principal investigator is Dr Paul Leahy (Energy Engineering), with co-investigators: Dr Ger Mullally (Sociology/CPPU) and Dr Niall Dunphy (CPPU)
Press release on project commencement
Re-Wind project website
note: UCC's contribution to Re-Wind is funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) as part of a US-Ireland Research and Development Partnership