Pedestrian bridge to be made from old wind turbine blades: County Cork in Ireland will be a home very soon to a pedestrian bridge built out of old wind turbine blades.
Researchers at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), have begun a project that aspires to discover the capability of repurposing useless wind turbine blades in an attempt to reduce the waste originating from the wind energy sector.
The ‘Re-Wind’ project, that is backed by scientists from the Queen’s University Belfast & Georgia Tech in the US, will have two 13-metre blades being utilised to set up a footbridge at a greenway, with a 3rd one being used for achitectural testing.
The blades will take the place of steel girders, which are the leading horizontal supports of such a design.
The scientific group explained that the repurposing of wind turbine blades as girders for pedestrian bridges may help the environment as it prevents tonnes of blade waste that may alternatively be landfilled.
The bridge will be made between February & May and is forecast to be set up on the greenway by June.
The wind blades for the project were donated by Everun which is a Belfast wind turbine management business.
As reported by a current study by the University of Cambridge, wind turbine blades will produce 43 million tonnes of waste by 2050.
Pedestrian bridge to be made from old wind turbine blades