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3 juli 2020 | Maaike Smelter

Circular Wind Project

Moonshot Project Circular Wind Farms

The Moonshot project Circular Wind Farms is an initiative of het Versnellingshuis, consisting out of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, VNO-NCW, MVO Nederland and het Groenebrein, and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.


Faced with increasing amounts of waste, many governments are preparing new policies to change the way we use our resources. The Dutch government has set a target at 50% less virgin materials usage (minerals, metals, and fossil) in 2030 and non in 2050. One of the possible outcomes of these targets (to which we as an industry should prepare ourselves) is ‘extended producer responsibility’. This will have a great impact on the value chain in the wind industry.

The aim of this Moonshot project’ is finding solutions to preserve critical materials from wind farms in the resource cycle to form a basis for busines cases. Whether or not in the form of raw materials, or in the form of the components in which these materials are transformed. This research is the basis of further development of the wind industry and aims to transform the wind industry into a circular driven value chain in which the resource use can be maximized and made more efficient.

During the first steps of this Moonshot project we are mapping out the different stakeholders involved in the whole value chain process of the wind farms concerning the materials. All the different stakeholders will be involved in the process of developing new business cases concerning a circular wind industry. This is followed by the value chain meetings. The aim of those meetings is to identify, present and develop business cases and to set concrete action for a circular wind economy together with the leading companies in the wind industry.

For the first online value chain meeting, where an introduction is given about the circular initiatives and potential business case for a circular wind industry, all the stakeholders of the wind industry are invited. Taking place on:

Friday 28th of August 2020 from 10:00 -12:00

The second value chain meeting will be an in-depth discussion divided in sub-tracks with the aim to identify current circularity projects. This strategy meeting will be split into separated tracks such as rare-earth materials, composites, metals, concrete and cables. Identifying gaps and chances for companies at each phase of the value chain. This strategy meeting will include a free mini course Circular Entrepreneurship (CIRCO). Taking place on:

Friday 18th of September 2020 from 10:00 -12:00

The third value chain meeting will include including a roadmap for a circular wind industry and its business cases. Key-stakeholders from the industry and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy will talk about ambitions and future scenarios of a circular wind industry (alliance).

Friday 9th of October 2020 from 10:00 -12:00

Participation of these meeting will generate a first mover advantage and a possibility to shape the future of the wind industry. If you are interested to join these strategy meetings and set the first steps to reach the goals of the EU Green Deal and the Dutch government, then please fill out this form.

CIRCO is a scientifically based business track (TU Delft) that helps creating value through circular design. In a time span of three days, consisting out of eight hours, the leading companies of the wind industry will be given the tools to give substance to the identified business cases within the topic circularity in the wind value chain. By focusing on cultivating value instead of consumption, you recognize new challenges and opportunities. Different stakeholders will be given the opportunity to work together on developing sustainable business cases.

The CIRCO Track is taking place on the following dates:

Thursday 22nd of October 2020

Thursday 29nd of October 2020

Thursday 5th of November 2020

The information gathered during the value chain meetings, as well as during the interviews taken during this time scope will be published on:

Tuesday 15th of December 2020.

For more information about this project, or other circular wind related questions you can contact us at circularwind[@]

If you have any specific questions you can contact the following team members:

Erwin Coolen – Project Director | erwin[@]
Maarten Lobregt – Project Manager | maarten[@]
Suuz Kamper – Community Manager | suuz[@]
Jan-Willem Bakker – Communication Manager | janwillem[@]
Jacky Driessen – Technical Specialist Wind | jacky[@]


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