DNV & Reodor to Create a Digital Service for Sustainable Wind Farm Decommissioning
- Nov 27, 2022 11:16 pm GMT
DNV is moving ahead in collaboration with
In the 1970s, the wind power industry boomed, and thousands of wind farms were built around the world. Now, 50 years later, the world faces a historic challenge: what do you do with a 300-tonne wind turbine when it has reached the end of its life ReWind, a brand-new digital service, aims to address this key issue for the wind industry.
Today, most decommissioned wind turbines are buried underground, for lack of a better solution. In 2020 Bloomberg highlighted the situation in
DNV‘s specialist team analyzes and develops reports for wind farm owners and operators, showing, among other things, which materials the wind turbines contain, how they can be disposed of in the best possible way, what can be recycled and how. Now, in collaboration with
“This service will enable wind farm owners to quickly assess turbine recyclability percentage and options, end-of-life planning, and sustainable decommissioning,” explains
The use of wind energy will grow, and with that, the need to replace older turbines and equipment to keep pace with developments. Indeed, DNV’s 2022 Energy Transition Outlook report forecasts that by 2050, wind will provide almost 50% of on-grid electricity in
“This is the first time in history that we have faced such a challenge. A wind turbine has a life cycle of around 20-30 years, and now many wind turbines are approaching the end of their life cycle. Today, the process of recycling and decommissioning these is extremely complicated and manual, and large quantities of wind turbines end up in landfills, for lack of better solutions. Introducing this digital service helps the owner plan for decommissioning, map costs, and assess recycling options,” says
In order to create a digital service that meets all its customers’ needs, DNV has initiated a collaboration with
Current customer of the service
“DNV, which already has a large customer base of wind power operators and owners and sits on world-leading knowledge of wind power, has foreseen the need for this service, both through dialogue with the customers, but also through hard data. Add to that Reodor's creativity and experience in building products and services, and I believe it’s a perfect match to create a solution that can potentially solve a huge industry - and global - need,” says
The digitization project is now ongoing, and the team is now working on validating market needs, developing a service concept, business model, and a scalable growth strategy based on customer insights.
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