Re-Wind project successfully installs a pedestrian bridge in Cork made from decommissioned wind turbine blades

Repurposing the blades could help solve a major waste challenge

On a former train track bed connecting the towns of Midleton and Youghal in County Cork, Ireland, workers recently excavated the rusted remains of an old railway bridge and installed a pedestrian one in its place. The bridge would have been an unremarkable milestone in the development of a new pedestrian greenway through the Irish countryside, if not for what it’s made of: recycled wind turbine blades.

That makes it just the second “blade bridge” in the world. The first, installed last October in a small town in western Poland, officially opened in early January. The engineers and entrepreneurs behind these bridges are hopeful they represent the beginning of a new trend: repurposing old wind turbine blades for infrastructure projects.

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Re-Wind : Reuse and Recycling of Decommissioned Composite Material Wind Turbine Blades

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