The UK’s first wind turbine recycling centre has been set up in Lochgilphead in Scotland. Power Technology highlighted the opening of the new facility, which is being run by Renewable Parts, an industrial equipment supplier.
They are hoping that this can be the next stage in wind power’s development, and it is a good time to enter the industry as a number of wind farms are entering the final part of their 25-year lifespan.
Stephanie Conesa, Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, told the news provider that the ability to recycle old turbines is likely to help the sector cut the cost of power generation.
Meanwhile, Chief Executive of Renewable Parts, James Barry said that the company will be offering “fully warranted refurbished parts” at up to 40 per cent of their value if purchased new.
“Over their typical 25-year lifecycle, wind turbines generate high quantities of used material that is turned to scrap,” he explained.
Earlier this year, Windpower Offshore highlighted the potentially high cost of decommissioning all of the UK’s current wind farms. According to research conducted by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy the government may need to find between £1.28 billion and £3.64 billion if the operators themselves are unable to fund decommissioning work.
Decommissioning is defined as disconnecting the cables and burying their ends, dismantling the turbines and bringing them to shore, and cutting the platforms below the seabed.
This is likely to bring its own challenges in terms of health and safety, and operators who are involved in the decommissioning process of wind turbines will probably be required to be GWO accredited, undertaking competency training such as GWO working at heights course .