Germany is not sufficiently prepared for the recycling of discarded wind turbines, according to the federal environment agency (UBA).
"There is a risk of bottlenecks in the recycling capacities for the fiber-reinforced plastics of the rotor blades and risks for people and the environment in the event of improper dismantling," according to a statement from the office. This was the result of an extensive research project. From 2021 onwards, an increase in the number of visitors is to be expected.
The german wind energy association only partially shares this opinion. An increase in backpacking is imminent, the association’s managing director, wolfram axthelm, told the deutsche presse-agentur: "this is a challenge that we are meeting."The so-called repowering – the replacement of old, less efficient wind turbines with new ones – will, however, be restricted by the federal government’s plans for distance regulations, the association said. As a result, he said, the number of facilities dismantled is likely to be lower than the UBA had assumed.