Navarre to host Europe’s first industrial wind turbine blade recycling plant

  • The plant, promoted by Iberdrola and FCC Ámbito through the EnergyLOOP initiative, will make possible the recovery of wind turbine blade components and their reuse in sectors such as the energy, aerospace, automotive, textile and chemical industries.

Navarra will host the first wind turbine blade recycling plant in Spain. Iberdrola and FCC Ámbito have jointly launched ‘EnergyLOOP‘ to carry out the recycling of components from renewable facilities. The initial goal will be the recovery of wind turbine blade components and their reuse in sectors such as energy, aerospace, automotive, textile, chemical and construction.

The facility will be located in the south of the community, a strategic location due to its proximity to some of the first wind farms in the country and with good connections to other regions with abundant wind power facilities.

The project has the support of the Government of Navarra because it is a strategic activity that positions the region at the forefront of the renewable energy sector, including technological innovation and circularity, and is aligned with regional smart specialization.

The plant will be the first industrial-scale plant in Europe, will place Spain at the technological forefront of this industry and will contribute to the creation of an innovative and dynamic value chain. To that end, ‘EnergyLOOP’ expects to create around 100 direct and indirect jobs over the decade and plans to invest around 10 million euros in the first facility.

The project will act in the different stages that enable the circularity of wind turbine blades, including on-site pre-treatment and conditioning, waste transport logistics, recycling technologies and the marketing of recycled products.