CARTIF PROJECTS

LIFE REFIBRE

High-value asphalt pavements with fiberglass derived from the sustainable recycling of wind turbine blades

Description

Spain is the second European country and the fourth worldwide country with more wind turbines implanted, which represent an amount of 142,000 glass fibre tons (2015). In Europe, the amount of glass fibres in wind turbine blades exceeds 766,000 tons.

LIFE REFIBRE is proposed to solve the environmental problem that supposes the accumulation of a huge amount of wind turbine blades waste in landfills.

LIFE REFIBRE project will comply with environmental policies and priorities of the European Union through the implementation of Directive 2008/98/EC on waste management, reduction its discharge and increasing recycling in a more environmentally sustainable way.

Objectives

  • Promote the integrated management of glass fibre reinforced plastic waste (GFRP).

  • Incorporating the glass fibre valorised in asphalt mixtures increased their mechanical properties.

  • Close the life cycle of this waste, giving a high added value to both waste and the new glass fibre application.

Actions

LIFE REFIBRE main task are:

  • Collection, logistic and pre treatment of wind turbine blades waste.
  • Design and construction of the recycling of the blade waste prototype.
  • Incorporation of recycled glass fibres into the asphalt agglomerate.
  • Construction of the road demonstration sections.
  • Feasibility study of industrial implementation.

Expected results

  • Design and construction of an innovative prototype for the mechanical recycling of wind turbine blades.

  • Obtaining 23 t of recycled glass fibre with a size less than 2 cm and optimal properties for later application.

  • Construction of 12.000 m2 surface road section (1,5 km) with different percentages of glass fibre added (0,5-1,5%).

  • Improvement of the mechanical properties of the demonstrator road section.

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LIFE PROGRAMME

LIFE16 ENV/ES/000192

Programa LIFE

Total budget:1,789,539 €
European Contribution: 60%
Duration: 01/10/2017 – 30/09/2020

Team

Alicia Aguado Pesquera

Division of Agrifood and Processes

aliagu@cartif.es

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