The University of Strathclyde, the operator of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland, SSE Renewables and Renewable Parts Limited (RPL) have announced a new partnership in support of developing a circular and sustainable wind sector in the UK.
While the majority of minor components in a wind turbine can be reused, remanufactured or refurbished, most replacement parts are still sourced new, increasing the carbon footprint of the industry.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the organisations outlines how they will explore a number of areas together, including securing a world-leading UK-wind circular economy sector deal and developing a strategy to reduce waste from wind farms at the end of their life.
The partnership plans to develop sustainable supply chains through research and innovation with a range of partners, with the aim of establishing Scotland as the advanced research and development centre for wind turbine component remanufacture within the UK.
This will support the reduction of carbon emissions of renewable energy assets, as well as support supply chain resilience and generate new, skilled jobs for the UK.
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