The sheer strength of the material and hollow interior structure of the blades has resulted in a decision to explore the possibility of using them to replace steel in construction projects such as pedestrian bridges

The blades are from a decommissioned Nordex N29 turbine, 14m long. For this bridge, which has a span of 5m, they cut a short section from the blade. The blades are used as the main structural element of the bridge and are functional in the design.

However, they are also aesthetically attractive due to their gently curved shape, so we believe this will become a feature of interest on the greenway route. We are also looking at additional repurposed blade products such as outdoor furniture.

The average lifetime of a turbine is 25 to 30 years, after which they need to be taken down and destroyed.

Then you’ve got a massive problem of getting rid of the materials, noting that the blades are particularly troublesome as they are made of unrecyclable fibreglass, carbon fibre and plastics.

Wind turbines are getting bigger and bigger and bigger, as they get more and more powerful, but this is just increasing the amount of problem waste,


  • November 17, 2022 at 5:35 pm

    I would like to contact someone in northern illinois about old wind turbine blades. We need something to use as a wind break for our cattle in the wintertime. I was thinking that 10 or 12 foot sections of old blades stood on end and buried a couple feet in the ground would be ideal.

    • November 17, 2022 at 7:16 pm

      Hi, thanks for your comment, sounds like a very good idea but as we are based in South England we cannot help you. A possible suggestion is contacting your local energy supplier who maybe able to give you contact details. Good Luck Ecobug

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