Monthly Archives: September 2020

SIS Congratulates ZEBRA Consortia on the Development of 100% Recyclable Composite Wind Turbine Blades

SIS congratulates all parties involved in this groundbreaking project to design and manufacture the wind power industry’s first 100% recyclable wind turbine blade. The consortia named ‘ZEBRA (Zero wastE Blade ReseArch) Project’, is driven by IRT Jules Verne, brings together industrial companies and technological centers (Arkema, CANOE, ENGIE, Suez, LM Wind Power, Owens Corning). Wind energy, both onshore and offshore, plays a critical role in the transition to carbon-free energy sources. With a product lifespan of 30 years and a wind turbine recyclability rate of 85% to 90%, the wind power industry is now looking to close the remaining gap by designing and manufacturing the first 100% recyclable wind turbine blade. Torben K. Jacobsen, Senior Director Advanced Technology Systems, LM Wind Power, stated: ”As a key player in the transition to affordable, renewable energy sources across the world, the wind power industry works actively to develop new materials with higher performance, longer lifespan and recyclable properties. Using Elium resin, combined with design, manufacturing and recycling process optimization, constitutes an opportunity to reduce cost, production time and environmental impact of wind turbine blades. We are thrilled to be a launching partner for a truly recyclable blade for future wind turbines, leading the way to a sustainable world that works for generations to come.”

SIS Completes Engineering Assessment on use of Recycled Plastics in FRP Bridges

In 2019 SIS tasked an internal engineer to undertake an investigation to change out the foam core in our FRP composite bridges to recycled plastic. This was submitted to our manufacturing partner FiberCore Europe and put forward for peer review. As SIS moves to commence the manufacture of FiberCore bridges under licence in Australia in late 2020, trials using 100% recycled plastic will be conducted throughout 2021 with the intention of completing full scale testing by the end of 2021. SIS and its management have played a role in recycling Australia’s waste plastic for over 20 years and yesterday marks a milestone in this sector with the South Australian Government becoming the first state to ban single-use plastics in Australia. Legislation banning the sale, supply and distribution of plastic products like straws, cutlery and beverage stirrers passed the State Parliament yesterday. SIS applauds the South Australian Government and in particular the work of Environment Minister David Speirs in this achievement.