An Optimistic Update about the ZEBRA

Taking a significant stride towards achieving a circular economy in the wind industry, the ZEBRA (Zero wastE Blade ReseArch) consortium proudly announced in December, 2023 the production of the second recyclable thermoplastic wind turbine blade and the successful completion of the full-scale validation testing for the first.

The second ZEBRA blade, an impressive 77 meters in length, was crafted at LM Wind Power’s blade plant in Castellón, Spain. What sets this blade apart is its use of recycled Elium resin in the shear web, a vital component of the blade structure, and the first of its kind in the world. This breakthrough not only underscores the technical prowess of the ZEBRA consortium but also demonstrates the immense potential of Elium resin technology in realizing environmentally friendly blade designs. This accomplishment marks a significant step toward simulating the circularity of the Elium resin, setting a new standard for the wind energy sector.


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