Decom North production location for composite processing takes further shape

Decom North, a consortium of parties in the North of the Netherlands that are looking to create a complete value chain for the supply, dismantling and recycling of wind turbine blades, has taken further steps with the realisation of a test factory for composite processing in the North of the Netherlands.

At the end of last week, the machines for mechanical processing of the windturbine blade parts arrived at the new production location. Two weeks earlier, a pultrusion machine was also installed. At the location, the composites will be recycled and processed into new sheet piles. These composite sheet piles will replace the sheet piles made of azobé wood from tropical rainforests.

Decom North was launched last year in February and is a collaboration between various companies, knowledge institutions and government based in the Northern Netherlands. Some of the partners include: Buss Terminal Eemshaven BV, Lubbers Road Transport, Chemport Europe, DHSS, Nehlsen Metaal Recycling Nederland BV, Bek & Verburg, Circular Recycling Company (CRC), Beelen, Nedcam, Schipco.

The initiative is supported by Groningen Seaports, Chemport Europe, OWIC, Province of Groningen, Samenwerkingsverband Noord-Nederland (SNN) Noord Nederland, Windesheim, NHL Stenden, Hanzehogeschool Groningen / Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen, Hogeschool, Campus Emmen / University of Groningen and Het Schone Noorden.

Since its launch, several clients have had their damaged or end-of-life blades processed through Decom North. These processing operations were dominated by further development in the field of resizing- and processing methods. Much attention has been paid to efficiency, safety and environmental impact. And several blade-parts have been made available to knowledge- and training institutions, Decom North states in an earlier release. Source: Decom North

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