Despite their durability, composites still have a finite useful life. New business opportunities in the processing route are currently being investigated. Prominent players in this field will speak at an interactive workshop on 11 September to offer guidance on the problem of the disposal of large composite structures.  

Despite their durability, composites still have a finite useful life. Large volumes of material will soon be released - in particular from large composite structures, such as wind turbine blades and composite tanks - for which no established processing routes yet exist. New business opportunities in this processing route are currently being investigated. Dismantling, logistics, separation and pre-processing right through to processing by thermal valorisation (e.g. cement production) require players to be attuned to each other. The various roles and responsibilities need to be harmonised to make such a value chain profitable.

On 11 SeptemberSLC-Lab and OWI-Lab of Sirris, Agoria and Go4Circle are holding a workshop that will bring together prominent players in this field to provide orientation on this issue. The input of speakers such as Neowa and Sarens will serve as the basis for an interactive session to map out the value chain with its opportunities and challenges. We will explore the specific requirements for wind turbine rotor blades, silos, boats, etc. and look for areas where these waste flows might offer economies of scale.   

Click here for further information, the programme, practical information and the possibility to register. 

This workshop is being organised within the framework of the VIS feasibility study CompositeLoop, by the innovative Composites and Offshore Energy company networks, with project coordination by Sirris (SLC-Lab and OWI-Lab) and partners Agoria and Go4Circle supported by Vlaio.