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The Circular Wind Hub

Given the fact that the wind energy sector has experienced a large growth, there is a great number of turbines that reach the end of their lifetime soon! Solutions are needed to preserve turbine components and critical materials which is not only critical to achieve the energy ambitions but also form profitable business cases. To accelerate the transition towards full circularity, it is essential to redesign the industry to become futureproof. Therefore, on behalf of the Dutch ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, ECHT has mobilized the entire industry to work in a holistic way on a circular wind industry.

To process these materials and keep the highest quality possible; a) new circular policies must be set to enhance wind turbine circularity, b) knowledge must be developed for optimal end-of-life strategies, and c) industrial infrastructure should be developed to handle the large streams of wind turbines.

These three ambitions are combined under the European project The Circular Wind Hub (see report: The ideation process focused on circular strategies in the wind industry) and has the overall goal to improve the circularity of materials in the wind industry, as well as keeping these materials in Europe while retaining strong business cases. ECHT facilitates the decision-making process and takes actions to accelerate circularity.

“The circular economy is a key element of the European Green Deal. If we do not change our habits, we will need three earths by the year 2050. Circularity is also important for how we generate wind power. While the energy is renewable, the wind turbines are not. Not yet. Working together across the entire value chain is crucial. We need collaboration between stakeholders, public and private. In Europe and beyond. Let us take the next steps together!” - Kadri Simson, European Commissioner for Energy.

 
 

We take the next steps together, in three phases towards the implementation of circular action agendas.

In phase 1, the initial mobilization of companies in the wind energy sector took place to elaborate on circular strategies and to define specific circular action agenda topics. In phase 2, stakeholders work out the specific topics into concrete circular action agendas, which will be executed in phase 3.

 

The Circular Wind Hub (phase 2)

Decisions cannot be forced by a few industry actors and/or governmental organizations. Therefore, international and (cross-)sector collaboration is important to make the transition towards a circular wind industry. The Circular Wind Hub is a central point where companies, NGOs, knowledge institutes and governmental organizations can collaborate and work together towards a circular industry.

The Circular Wind Hub comprises the Policy, Knowledge, and Industrial Hub. Linked to the hubs are working groups (9) that originate from the first phase of this project. In a hub, a select group of industry experts address the topics of the linked working groups, focused on the local, national as well as on the European level. The interconnectedness of the hubs maximize collaboration and create synergies as we can only do this together!

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For each hub, monthly stakeholder sessions are being organized. These sessions determine the course and content of the circular transition for the wind industry. Although The Circular Wind Hub is up and running, we are still open for those who would like to participate in one or more of these sessions. Please feel free to send an email to circularwind@echt.community.

Policy Hub
The Policy Hub is separated in two sub-groups: the Offshore International Policy Hub and the Onshore National Policy Hub. The focus lies on formulating practical polities that facilitate cost-effective circular business processes. The aim of the hub is changing the cost driven focus that currently hinders transition and to move towards a Level Playing Field and criteria that are based on resource and re-use. Responsible criteria that are economically, socially, and environmentally sound. Involved in the international group are manufacturers, logistics, developers, and recyclers. In the national group, the national, provincial, and local authorities are involved. Working group 1, Circular permit and tender criteria is included.

The Offshore International Policy Hub has identified certain focus areas on which the group will further collaborate. It concerns the integration of the R-ladder into tender criteria as well as material passports and resource certificates (LCA, EPD). The Onshore National Policy Hub focusses on an overview of the policy process and powers of government. More about the latest session can be found in the meeting recaps:

More about the latest session can be found in the meeting recap:
Recap Policy Hub International Meeting 2
Terugkoppeling Policy Hub Nationaal Meeting 2

 
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Knowledge Hub
This hub is all about cross-sector and cross-country collaboration in knowledge and expertise. Involved are experts in the wind industry that address European wide standards, impacts, and projects. Among the topics that are being discussed are re-design (modular design) of wind turbines, as well as responsibilities and collaboration throughout the value chain. Included are working groups: The modular design (2), Collaboration in design (3), Responsibility of materials (6), Platform for European wide circular collaboration (9).

In response to the identified focus areas of the Offshore International Policy Hub, the Knowledge Hub has further elaborated on integrating the R-ladder in design and tender and on linked aspects such as current bottlenecks in integration. On material passports and certificates, experts have discussed on data availability, completeness, and transparency as well as on standardization and its challenges.

More about the latest session can be found in the meeting recap: DOC: Recap Knowledge Hub Kick-off

Industrial Hub
To implement a Circular Economy for the wind industry, the Industrial Hub aims to start demonstration projects and build infrastructure for circularity as a basis for circular refinery and recycling plant(s). Such plants will extract, design, manufacture and recycle materials. Hereby ideas and initiatives from the knowledge and Industrial Hub will be implemented. Involved in this innovative process are a wide variety of industry experts. Included are working groups: Environmental-specific foundation design and multi-use (4), Retaining data for optimal decommissioning and EoL strategies (5), Refinery and recycling plants(s) (7), Circular clusters of companies around ports (8).

In sessions experts will discuss circularity on design, product, component, and material level. In the first session, the investment proposal to the European Raw Materials Alliance (ERMA) was discussed with the invitation to participate.

More about the latest session can be found in the meeting recap: DOC: Recap Industrial Hub Kick-off

 

How did we got here? Moonshot Circular Windfarms (Phase 1)

The first phase of this project, then called the Moonshot Circular Windfarms, focused on finding solutions to retain critical materials of wind farms both in the form of components as well as materials.

The first phase of this project has focused on identifying the challenges that come with the transition from a linear to a circular wind industry. More than 100 participating companies and governmental institutions active in the wind energy industry shared their views and knowledge, as well as their commitment to the transition towards a circular wind industry. Three online stakeholder events were held with guest speakers, such as Kadri Simson (European Commissioner for Energy) as well as Giles Dickson (CEO WindEurope). In cooperation with CIRCO, we have worked in a small group on circular business propositions. The result - the report, shows the greatest opportunities that were identified by the wind industry.

ECHT proudly presented the report, ‘Ideation process focused on circular strategies in the wind industry’ to the European Commission. This report is an initiative of ‘Versnellingshuis Nederland Circulair!’, (a cooperation between the ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, VNO-NCW, MKB-Nederland, MVO Nederland and Groene Brein), and is executed as part of the Uitvoeringsprogramma Circulaire Maakindustrie’ from the ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate. The report identifies crucial action agendas that facilitate the transition towards a circular wind industry.

The Circular Wind Hub

Given the fact that the wind energy sector has experienced a large growth, there is a great number of turbines that reach the end of their lifetime soon! Solutions are needed to preserve turbine components and critical materials which is not only critical to achieve the energy ambitions but also form profitable business cases. To accelerate the transition towards full circularity, it is essential to redesign the industry to become futureproof. Therefore, on behalf of the Dutch ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, ECHT has mobilized the entire industry to work in a holistic way on a circular wind industry.

To process these materials and keep the highest quality possible; a) new circular policies must be set to enhance wind turbine circularity, b) knowledge must be developed for optimal end-of-life strategies, and c) industrial infrastructure should be developed to handle the large streams of wind turbines.

These three ambitions are combined under the European project The Circular Wind Hub (see report: The ideation process focused on circular strategies in the wind industry) and has the overall goal to improve the circularity of materials in the wind industry, as well as keeping these materials in Europe while retaining strong business cases. ECHT facilitates the decision-making process and takes actions to accelerate circularity.

“The circular economy is a key element of the European Green Deal. If we do not change our habits, we will need three earths by the year 2050. Circularity is also important for how we generate wind power. While the energy is renewable, the wind turbines are not. Not yet. Working together across the entire value chain is crucial. We need collaboration between stakeholders, public and private. In Europe and beyond. Let us take the next steps together!” - Kadri Simson, European Commissioner for Energy.

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We take the next steps together, in three phases towards the implementation of circular action agendas.

In phase 1, the initial mobilization of companies in the wind energy sector took place to elaborate on circular strategies and to define specific circular action agenda topics. In phase 2, stakeholders work out the specific topics into concrete circular action agendas, which will be executed in phase 3.

 

The Circular Wind Hub (phase 2)

Decisions cannot be forced by a few industry actors and/or governmental organizations. Therefore, international and (cross-)sector collaboration is important to make the transition towards a circular wind industry. The Circular Wind Hub is a central point where companies, NGOs, knowledge institutes and governmental organizations can collaborate and work together towards a circular industry.

The Circular Wind Hub comprises the Policy, Knowledge, and Industrial Hub. Linked to the hubs are working groups (9) that originate from the first phase of this project. In a hub, a select group of industry experts address the topics of the linked working groups, focused on the local, national as well as on the European level. The interconnectedness of the hubs maximize collaboration and create synergies as we can only do this together!

phase2

For each hub, monthly stakeholder sessions are being organized. These sessions determine the course and content of the circular transition for the wind industry. Although The Circular Wind Hub is up and running, we are still open for those who would like to participate in one or more of these sessions. Please feel free to send an email to circularwind@echt.community.

Policy Hub
The Policy Hub is separated in two sub-groups: the Offshore International Policy Hub and the Onshore National Policy Hub. The focus lies on formulating practical polities that facilitate cost-effective circular business processes. The aim of the hub is changing the cost driven focus that currently hinders transition and to move towards a Level Playing Field and criteria that are based on resource and re-use. Responsible criteria that are economically, socially, and environmentally sound. Involved in the international group are manufacturers, logistics, developers, and recyclers. In the national group, the national, provincial, and local authorities are involved. Working group 1, Circular permit and tender criteria is included.

The Offshore International Policy Hub has identified certain focus areas on which the group will further collaborate. It concerns the integration of the R-ladder into tender criteria as well as material passports and resource certificates (LCA, EPD). The Onshore National Policy Hub focusses on an overview of the policy process and powers of government. More about the latest session can be found in the meeting recaps:

More about the latest session can be found in the meeting recap:
Recap Policy Hub International Meeting 2
Terugkoppeling Policy Hub Nationaal Meeting 2

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Knowledge Hub
This hub is all about cross-sector and cross-country collaboration in knowledge and expertise. Involved are experts in the wind industry that address European wide standards, impacts, and projects. Among the topics that are being discussed are re-design (modular design) of wind turbines, as well as responsibilities and collaboration throughout the value chain. Included are working groups: The modular design (2), Collaboration in design (3), Responsibility of materials (6), Platform for European wide circular collaboration (9).

In response to the identified focus areas of the Offshore International Policy Hub, the Knowledge Hub has further elaborated on integrating the R-ladder in design and tender and on linked aspects such as current bottlenecks in integration. On material passports and certificates, experts have discussed on data availability, completeness, and transparency as well as on standardization and its challenges.

More about the latest session can be found in the meeting recap: DOC: Recap Knowledge Hub Kick-off

Industrial Hub
To implement a Circular Economy for the wind industry, the Industrial Hub aims to start demonstration projects and build infrastructure for circularity as a basis for circular refinery and recycling plant(s). Such plants will extract, design, manufacture and recycle materials. Hereby ideas and initiatives from the knowledge and Industrial Hub will be implemented. Involved in this innovative process are a wide variety of industry experts. Included are working groups: Environmental-specific foundation design and multi-use (4), Retaining data for optimal decommissioning and EoL strategies (5), Refinery and recycling plants(s) (7), Circular clusters of companies around ports (8).

In sessions experts will discuss circularity on design, product, component, and material level. In the first session, the investment proposal to the European Raw Materials Alliance (ERMA) was discussed with the invitation to participate.

More about the latest session can be found in the meeting recap: DOC: Recap Industrial Hub Kick-off

 

How did we got here? Moonshot Circular Windfarms (Phase 1)

The first phase of this project, then called the Moonshot Circular Windfarms, focused on finding solutions to retain critical materials of wind farms both in the form of components as well as materials.

The first phase of this project has focused on identifying the challenges that come with the transition from a linear to a circular wind industry. More than 100 participating companies and governmental institutions active in the wind energy industry shared their views and knowledge, as well as their commitment to the transition towards a circular wind industry. Three online stakeholder events were held with guest speakers, such as Kadri Simson (European Commissioner for Energy) as well as Giles Dickson (CEO WindEurope). In cooperation with CIRCO, we have worked in a small group on circular business propositions. The result - the report, shows the greatest opportunities that were identified by the wind industry.

ECHT proudly presented the report, ‘Ideation process focused on circular strategies in the wind industry’ to the European Commission. This report is an initiative of ‘Versnellingshuis Nederland Circulair!’, (a cooperation between the ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, VNO-NCW, MKB-Nederland, MVO Nederland and Groene Brein), and is executed as part of the Uitvoeringsprogramma Circulaire Maakindustrie’ from the ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate. The report identifies crucial action agendas that facilitate the transition towards a circular wind industry.

The Circular Wind Hub

Given the fact that the wind energy sector has experienced a large growth, there is a great number of turbines that reach the end of their lifetime soon! Solutions are needed to preserve turbine components and critical materials which is not only critical to achieve the energy ambitions but also form profitable business cases. To accelerate the transition towards full circularity, it is essential to redesign the industry to become futureproof. Therefore, on behalf of the Dutch ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, ECHT has mobilized the entire industry to work in a holistic way on a circular wind industry.

To process these materials and keep the highest quality possible; a) new circular policies must be set to enhance wind turbine circularity, b) knowledge must be developed for optimal end-of-life strategies, and c) industrial infrastructure should be developed to handle the large streams of wind turbines.

These three ambitions are combined under the European project The Circular Wind Hub (see report: The ideation process focused on circular strategies in the wind industry) and has the overall goal to improve the circularity of materials in the wind industry, as well as keeping these materials in Europe while retaining strong business cases. ECHT facilitates the decision-making process and takes actions to accelerate circularity.

“The circular economy is a key element of the European Green Deal. If we do not change our habits, we will need three earths by the year 2050. Circularity is also important for how we generate wind power. While the energy is renewable, the wind turbines are not. Not yet. Working together across the entire value chain is crucial. We need collaboration between stakeholders, public and private. In Europe and beyond. Let us take the next steps together!” - Kadri Simson, European Commissioner for Energy.

afbeelding1

We take the next steps together, in three phases towards the implementation of circular action agendas.

In phase 1, the initial mobilization of companies in the wind energy sector took place to elaborate on circular strategies and to define specific circular action agenda topics. In phase 2, stakeholders work out the specific topics into concrete circular action agendas, which will be executed in phase 3.

 

The Circular Wind Hub (phase 2)

Decisions cannot be forced by a few industry actors and/or governmental organizations. Therefore, international and (cross-)sector collaboration is important to make the transition towards a circular wind industry. The Circular Wind Hub is a central point where companies, NGOs, knowledge institutes and governmental organizations can collaborate and work together towards a circular industry.

The Circular Wind Hub comprises the Policy, Knowledge, and Industrial Hub. Linked to the hubs are working groups (9) that originate from the first phase of this project. In a hub, a select group of industry experts address the topics of the linked working groups, focused on the local, national as well as on the European level. The interconnectedness of the hubs maximize collaboration and create synergies as we can only do this together!

phase2

For each hub, monthly stakeholder sessions are being organized. These sessions determine the course and content of the circular transition for the wind industry. Although The Circular Wind Hub is up and running, we are still open for those who would like to participate in one or more of these sessions. Please feel free to send an email to circularwind@echt.community.

Policy Hub
The Policy Hub is separated in two sub-groups: the Offshore International Policy Hub and the Onshore National Policy Hub. The focus lies on formulating practical polities that facilitate cost-effective circular business processes. The aim of the hub is changing the cost driven focus that currently hinders transition and to move towards a Level Playing Field and criteria that are based on resource and re-use. Responsible criteria that are economically, socially, and environmentally sound. Involved in the international group are manufacturers, logistics, developers, and recyclers. In the national group, the national, provincial, and local authorities are involved. Working group 1, Circular permit and tender criteria is included.

The Offshore International Policy Hub has identified certain focus areas on which the group will further collaborate. It concerns the integration of the R-ladder into tender criteria as well as material passports and resource certificates (LCA, EPD). The Onshore National Policy Hub focusses on an overview of the policy process and powers of government. More about the latest session can be found in the meeting recaps:

More about the latest session can be found in the meeting recap:
Recap Policy Hub International Meeting 2
Terugkoppeling Policy Hub Nationaal Meeting 2

Knowledge Hub
This hub is all about cross-sector and cross-country collaboration in knowledge and expertise. Involved are experts in the wind industry that address European wide standards, impacts, and projects. Among the topics that are being discussed are re-design (modular design) of wind turbines, as well as responsibilities and collaboration throughout the value chain. Included are working groups: The modular design (2), Collaboration in design (3), Responsibility of materials (6), Platform for European wide circular collaboration (9).

In response to the identified focus areas of the Offshore International Policy Hub, the Knowledge Hub has further elaborated on integrating the R-ladder in design and tender and on linked aspects such as current bottlenecks in integration. On material passports and certificates, experts have discussed on data availability, completeness, and transparency as well as on standardization and its challenges.

More about the latest session can be found in the meeting recap: DOC: Recap Knowledge Hub Kick-off

Industrial Hub
To implement a Circular Economy for the wind industry, the Industrial Hub aims to start demonstration projects and build infrastructure for circularity as a basis for circular refinery and recycling plant(s). Such plants will extract, design, manufacture and recycle materials. Hereby ideas and initiatives from the knowledge and Industrial Hub will be implemented. Involved in this innovative process are a wide variety of industry experts. Included are working groups: Environmental-specific foundation design and multi-use (4), Retaining data for optimal decommissioning and EoL strategies (5), Refinery and recycling plants(s) (7), Circular clusters of companies around ports (8).

In sessions experts will discuss circularity on design, product, component, and material level. In the first session, the investment proposal to the European Raw Materials Alliance (ERMA) was discussed with the invitation to participate.

More about the latest session can be found in the meeting recap: DOC: Recap Industrial Hub Kick-off

 

How did we got here? Moonshot Circular Windfarms (Phase 1)

The first phase of this project, then called the Moonshot Circular Windfarms, focused on finding solutions to retain critical materials of wind farms both in the form of components as well as materials.

The first phase of this project has focused on identifying the challenges that come with the transition from a linear to a circular wind industry. More than 100 participating companies and governmental institutions active in the wind energy industry shared their views and knowledge, as well as their commitment to the transition towards a circular wind industry. Three online stakeholder events were held with guest speakers, such as Kadri Simson (European Commissioner for Energy) as well as Giles Dickson (CEO WindEurope). In cooperation with CIRCO, we have worked in a small group on circular business propositions. The result - the report, shows the greatest opportunities that were identified by the wind industry.

ECHT proudly presented the report, ‘Ideation process focused on circular strategies in the wind industry’ to the European Commission. This report is an initiative of ‘Versnellingshuis Nederland Circulair!’, (a cooperation between the ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, VNO-NCW, MKB-Nederland, MVO Nederland and Groene Brein), and is executed as part of the Uitvoeringsprogramma Circulaire Maakindustrie’ from the ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate. The report identifies crucial action agendas that facilitate the transition towards a circular wind industry.

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