Just as sustainability is at the heart of our industry, circular-economy principles are central to EPiK Energy’s operating strategy. We always examine the current recycling options for wind energy, solar energy, and energy storage technologies in Canada and the US.
At some point in the future, all wind energy sites will be due for a refresh. Turbines can be upgraded by replacing old components, such as wind turbine blades, generators, and inverters, with more efficient or innovative equipment. A site can also be given new life by decommissioning and returning the land to its original state.
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The rotor blades of wind turbines, which are made of glass fiber composites or carbon composites, currently still pose a problem for recycling. In this case, it is all the more important to dispose of them properly. The recyclable components of a wind turbine, e.g. steel, aluminum, and copper, currently have a better eco-balance. After sorting, we feed them to the respective plants for processing.
the dismantling of wind turbines also includes the removal of the foundation. You can rely on our expertise for this task as well. We do all the necessary earthworks and thanks to our experienced team and our wide range of machinery. This includes the removal of all underground cables as well as the restoration of access roads and areas to their original condition.
Certified Blade & Component Recycling
The blades are made up of fiberglass (a composite material) to be lightweight for efficiency yet still durable enough to withstand storms. The mixed nature of the blade material makes separating the plastics from the glass fibers to recycle into a workable fiberglass material difficult—and the strength needed for the blades means they are also physically challenging to break apart.
The industry is discovering what to do with decommissioned blades where the recycled fiberglass can be re-used. Re-use has been trialed in civil engineering projects as part of powerline structures or towers, or roofs for emergency or affordable housing. All in all, there are more and more opportunities for re-use of wind turbine blades across differing industries.
When de-constructing a wind turbine, consideration is made for the removal of the concrete pad and soil remediation. Each is done by our expert demo managers, with the foresight to safely and effectively return the site to a potentially better state than we found it. This is our mission to continue the great cycle of recycling and reuse in the green energy sector.
Environmental & Site Remediation
As previously mentioned, site remediation, soil, slope stabilization, and any contaminant identification occur. We ensure that the soil is returned to a “better than found” condition while identifying, mitigating, and creating any slope stabilization and removal of foreign contaminates.