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Siemens Gamesa to supply 132 recyclable blades to UK wind project

RWE, the energy company has selected Siemens Gamesa’s industry-leading and multi-award-winning RecyclableBlade for its offshore wind turbines to be installed at the Sofia offshore wind power project off the east coast of the UK. 

In 2022, RWE became the first commercial, large-scale offshore developer to install Siemens Gamesa’s fully RecyclableBlade, with a number of blades being utilized in the Kaskasi offshore wind power project located 35 km north of the island of Heligoland in the German North Sea. The Sofia project will utilize RecyclableBlades measuring 108 meters long, representing the first deployment of this variant. The Kaskasi project utilizes 81-meter-long RecyclableBlades on the selected SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbines.

Utilizing Siemens Gamesa’s RecyclableBlade technology enables the full reclamation of the blade’s components at the end of the product’s lifespan: the resin, fiberglass, and wood, among others, are separated using a mild acid solution. 

The blades will be manufactured at Siemens Gamesa’s Hull factory, which built the first RecyclableBlades for the Kaskasi offshore wind power project.

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