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    Iberdrola and FCC launch EnergyLOOP to lead recycling of wind turbine blades


    June 1, 2022 - Contify Energy News

     

      The installation will be located in the south of this Community, a strategic place due to its proximity to some of the first wind farms in the country and with good connections with other regions with abundant wind installations. The project has the support of the Government of Navarra, as it is a strategic activity that positions the region at the forefront of the renewable energy sector by introducing the components of technological innovation and circularity and being aligned with regional smart specialization. In its commitment to the promotion and competitiveness of renewable energies , the Government of Navarra has worked on a discreet plan in the location of the first plant of this activity in the regional community. The plant will be the first on an industrial scale in Europe and will place Spain at the technological forefront of this industry.

      Key Highlights:

      * To that end, EnergyLOOP hopes to create around 100 direct and indirect jobs over the decade and plans to invest around €10 million in the first installation.

      * The Spanish wind industry -as a world leader with more than 28 GW of installed power- will face the need to recycle or reuse significant amounts of wind turbines before other countries.

      * FCC Servicios Medio Ambiente is the FCC Group company that has been providing municipal services and comprehensive waste management for 120 years, serving more than 60 million people in 5,200 municipalities around the world.

      * Through PERSEO, Iberdrola carries out more than 25 real tests per year of technologies, which serve as the first step to establish a commercial or partnership relationship with entrepreneurs.

      Original Press Release:

      June 1 -- Iberdrola, SA issued the following news release:

      - The new company, promoted through Iberdrola's PERSEO Venture Builder program, will begin its activity with the installation in Navarra of the first industrial-scale wind turbine blade recycling plant in Europe.

      - EnergyLOOP, which aims to develop an innovative value chain that provides the energy transition with new recycling solutions, will invest 10 million euros in its first installation and will generate around 100 jobs.

      - The initiative, which reinforces the commitment of both companies to the circular economy, has already established collaboration agreements with other leading companies such as Siemens Gamesa.

      Iberdrola, through its PERSEO program , and FCC Ámbito, a subsidiary of FCC Servicios Medio Ambiente, have launched EnergyLOOP to lead the recycling of components from renewable installations, one of the biggest medium- and long-term challenges in the sector. This initiative will also contribute to the energy transition and promote the circular economy in Spain.

      The initial objective will be the recovery of the components of wind turbine blades - mostly glass and carbon fibers and resins - and their reuse in sectors such as energy, aerospace, automobiles, textiles, chemicals or construction.

      To this end, the new company plans to start up the first blade recycling plant in Spain in Navarra. The installation will be located in the south of this Community, a strategic place due to its proximity to some of the first wind farms in the country and with good connections with other regions with abundant wind installations.

      The project has the support of the Government of Navarra, as it is a strategic activity that positions the region at the forefront of the renewable energy sector by introducing the components of technological innovation and circularity and being aligned with regional smart specialization. In its commitment to the promotion and competitiveness of renewable energies , the Government of Navarra has worked on a discreet plan in the location of the first plant of this activity in the regional community.

      The plant will be the first on an industrial scale in Europe and will place Spain at the technological forefront of this industry. It will also contribute to the creation of an innovative and dynamic value chain. To that end, EnergyLOOP hopes to create around 100 direct and indirect jobs over the decade and plans to invest around €10 million in the first installation.

      The Spanish wind industry -as a world leader with more than 28 GW of installed power- will face the need to recycle or reuse significant amounts of wind turbines before other countries. It is estimated that in Europe in 2030 about 5,700 wind turbines per year will be dismantled, coming from the repowering of parks or facilities that reach the end of their useful life.

      In this context, EnergyLOOP will contribute to the transformation of the wind sector into a true circular economy through investment in integral recycling solutions for blades. This initiative will also make it possible to improve its competitiveness and sustainability thanks to the research and implementation of new recycling technologies, which will make it possible to absorb the growing amounts of waste and adopt increasingly efficient solutions.

      The project will act in the different stages that allow the circularity of the wind turbine blades, among others, the pretreatment and on-site conditioning, the logistics of transporting the waste, the recycling technologies and the commercialization of recycled products.

      COLLABORATION AGREEMENTS WITH LEADING COMPANIES IN THEIR SECTORS

      The initiative undertaken by Iberdrola and FCC Ámbito has the support of Siemens Gamesa, which, as a leading global company in the manufacture and maintenance of wind farms, will play a fundamental role in this project, both for its knowledge and experience in recycling blades as for its penetration in Spain, with 53% of all parks installed in the country.

      The birth of EnergyLOOP reinforces the circular economy strategies of FCC Ámbito and Iberdrola, which understand this model of production and consumption as a key lever for the energy transition. For this reason, they will seek to develop equally cutting-edge recycling solutions for other components of renewable installations, such as photovoltaic solar panels or batteries, as the needs of these markets demand it.

      With this approach, the new company will seek to establish the necessary alliances for the effective recovery of waste, extending the positive impact of the initiative to other actors throughout the entire value chain. Likewise, it will contribute to the research and development necessary for the effective circularity of these materials.

      ALIGNED WITH FCC ENVIRONMENT'S 2050 SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY

      FCC Ámbito contributes its extensive experience in the recycling and marketing of secondary raw materials to define the operating processes in the development of EnergyLOOP projects. The incorporation of new technologies in this type of project will allow FCC Ámbito to establish itself and position itself as a key player in the country's circular economy processes, a fundamental pillar of FCC Environment's 2050 Sustainability Strategy.

      This Sustainability Strategy consists of a 30-year business development roadmap that integrates very demanding objectives and commitments with high added value for the company and society as a whole, and which are grouped into four lines of action: environmental , social, excellence and good governance.

      THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY, AT THE BASE OF THE SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MODEL OF THE IBERDROLA GROUP

      The creation of EnergyLOOP, which responds to Iberdrola's commitment to a sustainable energy model, is part of its PERSEO Venture Builder program to promote the development of innovative industrial companies that work in new areas of electrification and in sectors that are difficult to decarbonize.

      Iberdrola defines its circular economy strategy as a process that affects its entire value chain, both its own production processes and those of its suppliers and customers. The group prioritizes the contracting of companies with environmental management systems and promotes, together with its suppliers, eco-design, analysis of the life cycle of products and the use of materials with low environmental impact.

      The company also promotes the circular economy through the reduction of the use of natural resources through its commitment to decarbonisation and electrification, or the more sustainable use of natural resources through the promotion of the use of more efficient and cleaner technologies and processes. . In addition, it promotes research to develop solutions for the use of waste and promotes responsible consumption with environmental awareness programs.

      Already in 2017 Iberdrola adhered to the Pact for a Circular Economy: The commitment of economic and social agents 2018-2020 that the Government of Spain signed with the European Commission within the framework of the European Growth Strategy 2020 and the so-called Action Sheet. route to an efficient Europe in the use of resources.

      The Pact, to which public and private entities adhered, seeks to involve the main economic and social agents in Spain in the transition towards a new economic model.

      FCC ÁMBITO, A LEADING COMPANY IN CIRCULAR ECONOMY SERVICES

      FCC Ámbito is the subsidiary of FCC Servicios Medio Ambiente specialized in the comprehensive management of industrial and commercial waste, recovery of by-products and soil decontamination. As a whole, it has a total of 39 treatment centers, distributed in Spain and Portugal, which represent more than 67 process lines that guarantee the functionality of the facilities.

      FCC Servicios Medio Ambiente is the FCC Group company that has been providing municipal services and comprehensive waste management for 120 years, serving more than 60 million people in 5,200 municipalities around the world. In 2021, the company managed 24 million tons of waste and produced close to four million tons of secondary raw materials and waste-derived fuel.

      The company has more than 770 operational waste management facilities, of which close to 200 are environmental complexes dedicated to the treatment and recycling of waste, including 11 waste energy recovery projects with a capacity of 3.2 million tons per year and 360 MW of non-fossil electricity.

      PERSEO IBERDROLA VENTURES, 15 YEARS INNOVATING WITH START UPS AND NEW BUSINESS MODELS

      Since its creation in 2008, PERSEO has invested 100 million euros in start-ups that develop innovative technologies and business models, focusing on those that improve the sustainability of the energy sector through greater electrification and decarbonisation of the economy.

      The program has focused its actions on the analysis of business opportunities and technological collaboration with start-ups and emerging companies in the world, analyzing 300 companies each year and creating an ecosystem of almost 7,500 entrepreneurial companies. Currently, this investment instrument maintains a portfolio of eight companies.

      Through PERSEO, Iberdrola carries out more than 25 real tests per year of technologies, which serve as the first step to establish a commercial or partnership relationship with entrepreneurs. In addition, in the last two years the group has launched a total of fourteen challenges in which 700 start-ups have participated.

      Disclaimer: The above content is auto translated

      Source: Iberdrola, SA

      [Category: Energy, Regulatory and Legal]

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