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Regional rotor blade waste quantification in Germany until 2040

Volk, Rebekka ORCID iD icon 1; Stallkamp, Christoph ORCID iD icon 1; Herbst, Magnus 1; Schultmann, Frank 1
1 Institut für Industriebetriebslehre und Industrielle Produktion (IIP), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


Worldwide, wind turbine stocks are ageing and questions of reuse and recycling particularly of rotor blades become urgent. Especially, rising rotor blade wastes face lacking good recycling options and exact quantification is difficult due to information gaps on the rotor blade size, mass and exact material composition. In a combined approach, the expected rotor blade waste is quantified and localized on a national level for Germany until 2040. Fibre-reinforced plastics (FRP) from rotor blades are in focus and differentiated into two material classes: glass-fibre reinforced plastics (GFRP) and glass- and carbon-fibre reinforced plastics (GFRP/CFRP). The quantification approach is based on a national power plant stock database (Marktstammdatenregister) and regression models, combined with a power class-based estimation for missing datasets. As a result, between 325,726 and 429,525 t of waste from the GFRP material class and between 76,927 t and 211,721 t of waste from the GFRP/CFRP material class arise from obsolete rotor blades in Germany until 2040. This corresponds to a share of between 11% and 32% of wind turbines with GFRP/CFRP rotor blade material in Germany. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000133477
DOI: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2021.105667
Zitationen: 13
Zitationen: 13
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Industriebetriebslehre und Industrielle Produktion (IIP)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsmonat/-jahr 09.2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 0921-3449
KITopen-ID: 1000133477
Erschienen in Resources, conservation and recycling
Verlag Elsevier
Band 172
Seiten Ariticle no: 105667
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 26.05.2021
Schlagwörter Waste quantification; Rotor blades; GFRP; CFRP; Waste management; Germany
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