New report unveils supply chain opportunities in wind turbine decommissioning

By: Chloe Emanuel

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The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has released a new report spotlighting the economic potential and supply chain opportunities arising from the decommissioning of offshore wind turbines in the UK.

The report provides a detailed analysis of the materials and components in various types of offshore wind turbines. It categorises these elements by their potential for refurbishment, reuse, re-manufacturing, material recovery, or recycling.

Key findings suggest significant UK supply chain opportunities in the decommissioning process, particularly through the recycling or reusing of high-value materials such as steel, engineered metal alloys, copper, and rare earth magnet materials.

The research is part of the Circular Economy for the Wind Sector (CEWS) Joint Industry programme, conducted by ORE Catapult in collaboration with industry partners including RWE, TOTAL Energies, and Equinor.

Vanessa Smithson-Paul, Project Manager, Development & Operations at ORE Catapult, stated, "We are excited to share this important new research, which follows extensive consultation across the industry and supply chain. These conversations have identified crucial gaps and revealed opportunities for new technologies or solutions within a circular supply chain."

Smithson-Paul also emphasised the importance of industry collaboration, expressing gratitude to the companies that contributed valuable insights to the study.

For more information curated from over 275 offshore wind turbine models, including dimensions and wind speeds, click here.

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