The topic of recycling wind turbines has occupied politicians and industry for many years. According to the current state of disposal, 80-90% of the materials used can currently be reused. Composite materials, such as those found in rotor blades and nacelle cladding, are an exception. These are currently difficult to recycle.
The European Wind Industry Association "WindEurope" estimates that in the next 5 years about 14,000 square meters of wind surface will have to be demolished and dismantled. It is therefore important to look for an ecologically and economically viable disposal option. The previous processes of pyrolysis or chipping are very costly and energy-intensive.
Giving discarded wind turbine rotor blades a second life - in the form of outdoor furniture.
The wind turbines used had already been in service for 25 years at the Carinerland wind farm (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania) before being transformed into furniture. They generated around 12.5 MW of clean electricity per day and supplied around 1,000 households - and incidentally saved around 36,500 tons of CO².
By upcycling the wind turbines, the current team of three therefore also sees itself as part of a sustainable solution for clean energy. True to their company name "Wings for Living", they transform the blades of decommissioned wind turbines into aesthetic living accessories and extend their life cycle in a beautifully designed way.
Wings for Living is headquartered in Dresden. All sales activities are controlled from here. The production of the high-quality furniture pieces takes place in the Polish manufactory Anmet. Here in 2019, together with design students from the Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Zielona Góra, the idea was born.