We strategically size-reduce turbine blades on site to decrease material handling and logistics costs for our customers. Our experienced technicians cut each blade into 50-foot cross sections using a diamond-rope wet saw to minimize dust and debris. We then load and secure all turbine components onto trucks for safe and efficient transportation to our facilities off site.
We transfer all materials from the wind farm to a temporary processing center in proximity to your site, where we perform further size reduction of the blades. We use diamond-wire rope, industrial bandsaws, and excavators with shears to reduce the profile of each blade into pallet-sized pieces. From there, we shred the fiberglass into sub 1-foot material using state-of-the-art mobile shredding equipment.
After processing at our facilities concludes, we ready the fiberglass material for shipment utilizing bulk bags and gaylord boxes, allowing us to maximize the size and efficiency of each load, while ensuring no materials are damaged during transit. We work with credentialed carriers to safely deliver all materials to our network of qualified end users throughout North America.
Our partner company Canvus has developed a sustainable and scalable solution for recycling fiberglass wind turbine blades. Instead of destroying the blades, Canvus harnesses their engineering excellence to create durable, smart street furniture with a clean, organic design. Every Canvus product is one-of-a-kind, retaining the original shape and character of the blade it comes from.
Our partners in the cement industry have committed to utilizing fiberglass waste as a safer, cleaner alternative to coal. When mixed with other traditionally landfilled products, shredded fiberglass can reach the high BTU levels needed to heat cement kilns. The fiberglass fuel source creates remnant clinker material when burned, which is added to the cement mixture to create concrete.
RiverCap is working with leading scientists, experimenting with pyrolysis as a viable long-term solution for fiberglass recycling. This thermochemical process separates the glass fibers, polymers, and other fillers in fiberglass when exposed to oxygen-depleted high temperatures. Once the glass fibers are separated and collected, they can then be reused in new composite applications.