Innovative and Recyclable Thermoplastic Wind Turbine Blades

Research output: NRELFact Sheet


Currently, nearly all utility-scale wind turbine blades are manufactured using traditional thermoset resin systems such as epoxy, polyester, or vinyl ester. Decommissioned thermoset blades cannot easily or economically be recycled at the end of life, with the vast majority of them ending up in landfills. Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are working to change that.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 2019

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-5000-73790


  • 9-meter
  • advanced manufacturing
  • AMO
  • blade
  • coMET
  • composite materials
  • epoxy
  • manufacturing
  • polyester
  • recyclable wind turbine blade
  • resin
  • vinyl ester
  • wind turbine


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