Meet the partners

Consortium

The REWIND project coordinated by AIMPLAS includes 14 partners from 7 countries. The consortium is formed by 6 RTDs (2 of them universities), 4 SMEs, 3 large companies and 1 association.

AIMPLAS
Plastics Technology Centre
Aimplas
AIMPLAS
Plastics Technology Centre
Role in the project

AIMPLAS is the project coordinator. Leader of the thermal and chemical recycling tasks: catalysis assisted pyrolysis and solvolysis. Also, the repolymerization of recovered monomers from the organic fraction of solvolysis to obtain new recycled resins (epoxy, polyester and vitrimer resins).

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AIMPLAS is a technology center with 30 years of experience in the plastics industry. We create value for companies so they can generate wealth and quality employment. We provide solutions to companies throughout the value chain, from raw material manufacturers to plastic processors and end users. The main aim of our R&D&I efforts is to solve the challenges facing today’s society.

ALKE
Electric Utility Vehicles
Alke
ALKE
Electric Utility Vehicles
Role in the project

Goal for ALKE is the reuse of EoL composites for electric trucks van box body manufacturing. In particular ALKE will support the definition of material requirements based on application needs, the prototyping into a physical electric vehicle with van box body and the validation on real driving conditions with the support of the ALKE cloud monitoring system to evaluate material behavior during tests VS activity performed.

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ALKE is a European manufacturer of professional zero emissions vehicles used for transportation, logistics and other multifunctional or special operations. Based in the North of Italy, with 30 years of experience and thousands of vehicles on the market, ALKE is a key player at international level into the E-mobility sector positioning its products on the high-end level in terms of quality and performance. ALKE electric vehicles are sold today in more than 40 countries worldwide covering all continents and can count among its customers best in class industry players, bigger institutions and most prestigious locations.

BCIRCULAR
Sustainability & Advanced Materials
bcircular
BCIRCULAR
Sustainability & Advanced Materials
Role in the project

BCIRCULAR is responsible for recycling WTB that have reached the end of their useful life using R3FIBER technology. The goal is to obtain high-quality fibers so that other partners can develop valuable products. During the project, various elements are researched and developed at the recycling plant to optimize the WTB recycling process.

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BCIRCULAR is a startup dedicated to the R&D and exploitation of composite recycling technologies. BCIRCULAR produces advanced materials from all types of carbon fiber composites that have reached the end of their useful life. Through a disruptive, efficient, and clean recycling technology, BCIRCULAR manages fiber-reinforced plastics (or composites), providing a comprehensive solution to the global issue arising from the management of this type of waste. The recycling technology, called R3FIBER, is capable of obtaining high-quality fibers (93% of the quality of virgin fiber). These fibers are used to manufacture new advanced materials: thermoset (woven and non-woven) and thermoplastic (granules and 3D filament). Currently, BCIRCULAR collaborates with major companies and has been recognized nationally and internationally for its innovative and sustainable nature.

Ciaotech - PNO
Innovation and public funding consultancy
Ciaotech
Ciaotech - PNO
Innovation and public funding consultancy
Role in the project

Ciaotech will be involved into the Market and stakeholders analysis, Business and commercial plan and as Exploitation manager, working with the project consortium to bring the REWIND technology on the market at the end of project.

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PNO Consultants is Europe’s largest independent innovation and public funding consultancy, employing around 500 professionals across 40 offices in nine countries, including the Netherlands (HQ), Italy (Ciaotech), Germany, Belgium, France, Greece, the UK, Spain, Portugal, and a unit in Brussels. Established in 1985, PNO is a high-growth, knowledge-intensive company with 35 years of expertise in research, innovation, and funding strategies. PNO manages over 500 funding programs across EU countries, annually securing approximately 1 billion euros for its clients, 25% of which comes from EU grants. The group excels in linking innovation suppliers and adopters through a unique Europe-wide client network in multiple sectors, leveraging advanced methodologies, ICT solutions, and proprietary online networking.

PNO’s Innovation Place© platform offers clients a comprehensive service concept, including a web-based tool, knowledge base, and European-wide communities to manage innovation, projects, funding knowledge, and networks, supported by expert consultancy. Ciaotech, PNO’s Italian branch, specializes in innovation management and funding, providing services such as stakeholder mapping, business planning, technology intelligence, exploitation plans, and industrial dissemination to support private and public organizations in their innovation processes.

CompositePatch
Composite Repair Solutions
CompositePatch
CompositePatch
Composite Repair Solutions
Role in the project

CompositePatch objective is to demonstrate the technical feasibility of using secondary raw materials (recycled fibres and resins) for the manufacturing of new composite within wind energy sector.

Our main tasks are to manufacture patches as a repairing system for wind turbines made with different recycled fibres and recycled resins. And also to perform a successful wind blade repair by using the composite patch manufactured with recycled resins and fibers.

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Compositepatch is a Spanish company founded 12 years ago, that works in the design and manufactured of the composite repair solutions for different sectors. CompositePatch has an engineering service where we use our background in materials engineering & chemical engineering with over 20 years of composite engineering and production experience. CompositePatch engineering team has an extensive in-house experience to design, analyze, validate and produce tailor-made repair solutions for large OEM customers but also for service/repair companies on how to perform a specific repair.

Also, Composite Patch produces repair kits to the specifications of OEMs. Our comprehensive range of products includes repair patch kits, structural adhesives, resins and fillers. The repairs patch kits include all OEM grammage, types & fibre orientations, in glass or carbon fibre. Summer and winter resins are available. In all our products, the resin, hardener and fiber are accurately measured, making repairs quality consistent on each repair.

DITF
Deutsche Institute für Textil- und Faserforschung Denkendorf
DITF
DITF
Deutsche Institute für Textil- und Faserforschung Denkendorf
Role in the project

Use of recycled glass and recycled carbon staple fibers recovered from solvolysis and pyrolysis to develop in combination with thermoplastic or natural fiber hybrid yarns. The developed yarns are processed into a fabric which can be used to build repair patches or new CFRP parts.

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The Deutsche Institute für Textil- und Faserforschung Denkendorf (DITF) (English: German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research Denkendorf ) represent Europe’s largest textile research center. With their research areas, the DITF are the only textile research institution worldwide that span the entire textiles production and value-added chain: from molecule to product, from idea to market friendly solution, as a reliable commercial partner.

With approx. 250 employees and over 25,000 m2 research and production area the DITF conduct interdisciplinary R&D projects since 1921 involving chemistry, material sciences, process technology, material technology, mechanical engineering, plant design and management. The DITF Denkendorf are a foundation under public law supervised by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Tourism Baden Württemberg.

HSPF
Hochschule Pforzheim (University)
HSPF
HSPF
Hochschule Pforzheim (University)
Role in the project

The HSPF working group “Sustainable Product Development” under the guidance of Prof. Joerg Woidasky will identify mass and quality of end of life materials from the wind sector. Moreover, practical experiments with wind turbine material will be carried out using innovative electropulse technology for composites processing and separation.

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Pforzheim University with its three schools – the School of Design, the School of Engineering and the Business School combines creativity with business education and technical precision. This combination also makes the university an attractive science and research partner. With around 6,200 students, Pforzheim University – founded in 1877 – is one of the largest universities of applied sciences in the state of Baden-Württemberg. The qualifications and practical experience of the teaching staff on the one hand and intensive cooperation with successful companies on the other lay the foundation for the university’s outstanding position in the rankings. Pforzheim University offers 28 bachelor’s and 19 master’s degree programs in the schools of Design, Engineering, and Business and Law. It enjoys a high level of acceptance in research and teaching, which also results from the good supervision ratio. Around 480 professors and lecturers ensure that students feel they are in good hands in Pforzheim right from the start.

IPC
Centre Technique Industriel de la Plasturgie et des Composites
IPC
IPC
Centre Technique Industriel de la Plasturgie et des Composites
Role in the project

Development of a predictive tool to quantify the residual mechanical performance of wind turbine blades at end-of-life. Development of a methodology and a tool to model the eco-score of the various technical solutions proposed in REWIND by aggregating indicators.

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IPC plays a major role in facilitating plastic and composite innovation in France. We help to improve the industry’s competitiveness through R&D projects focusing on the circular economy, the industry of the future and high-added-value products. In coordination with plastics industry federations and in partnership with competitiveness clusters, academia and researchers, we are the link between small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) right across France and the high-level innovation and transformation challenges that are the topics of conversation at national and even European level.

In addition to our “usual” activities, we are being called upon to step up the support we provide to businesses, in particular by contributing to the “France Relance” plan, to help SMEs identify and apply for government support programmes their projects are eligible for.

Miljøskærm
Unique Recycling of Fiberglass
Miljoskaerm
Miljøskærm
Unique Recycling of Fiberglass
Role in the project

To enlarge our products range and in turn increase the capacity for recycling of EOL blades and other composite products, Miljoskarm will develop, test and document additional insulating products in the REWIND project.

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Miljoskarm is a Danich company founded in 2015 to commercialize recycling of fiberglass and the manufacture of acoustic absorbent products. Miljoskarm has independently developed innovative technology for recycling of end-of-life fiberglass products, i.e. wind turbine blades, boat hulls etc.

By our specially adapted technology we give the recycled material a new life as acoustic insulation in noise barriers reducing harmful traffic noise in urban areas. As a pioneer within recycling of composite materials, Miljoskarm has obtained several European patents related to our recycling concept. Today Miljoskarm offers one of the very few sustainable solutions for recycling of composite materials. Our insulating products offer additional value for our clients by being both durable and re-recyclable and address the demand for sustainable materials in the construction sector.

R-Nano, NTUA
Research Lab of Advanced, Composite, Nano Materials & Nanotechnology
R-nano
R-Nano, NTUA
Research Lab of Advanced, Composite, Nano Materials & Nanotechnology
Role in the project

R-Nano NTUA's role in the REWIND project is focused on the evaluation and upgrade of recycled fibres. The morphological and mechanical characteristics of recycled fibres are assessed, providing valuable feedback on the effect of recycling processes on fibres properties. The interfacial bonding of recycled fibres or fabrics with the novel resins developed by REWIND is enhanced through the development and application of sizing solutions, with the addition of carbon or polymer-based nanoparticles. As a result, faster infusion and improved manufacturing efficiency are achieved, leading to superior properties of the final laminate products.

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The “Research Lab of Advanced, Composite, Nano Materials & Nanotechnology”, R-Nano is situated at the School of Chemical Engineering of National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). It was established in 2007; its research group has extensive experience in Designing, Production and Characterization of Advanced-, Composite- and Nano- Materials. The R-Nano team is manned by chemical & mechanical engineers, physicists, and chemists, specialized in materials research and innovation, as well as experienced technicians. R-Nano brings together a multidisciplinary research team, comprised of experienced staff (including faculty members, senior researchers, post doctoral researchers and PhD students), equipped with extensive facilities for materials production, process and characterization. The core expertise of the RNano research team includes: synthesis of carbon nanotubes, development of advanced anticorrosive coating systems reinforced with various types of nanocontainers with self-responsive ability, electrochemical characterization and elucidation of corrosion behaviour and mechanisms, nano-/micro- mechanical and tribological characterization. Advanced materials processing and characterization, 3d printing, synthesis of ceramic nano- powders through chemical methods, coating techniques, development of carbon based materials with tailored properties, social & safety implications of nanotechnology, technological assessment and sustainability studies in nanotechnology, corrosion protection, engineering simulation and mathematical modeling.

Suez
Global leader in the water and waste management sectors
Suez
Suez
Global leader in the water and waste management sectors
Role in the project

Supply EoL Windturbine Blade for all partners (cutting, shredding and transportation), development of cutting tools and methodology of EoL Windturbine Blade for recycling and for repurposing, development of caracterization tool to do selective cutting.

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Faced with growing environmental challenges, for more than 160 years, SUEZ has been acting to deliver essential services that protect and improve the quality of life. SUEZ enables its customers to provide access to water and waste services, with resilient and innovative solutions.With its 40,000 employees present in 40 countries, the Group also enables its customers to create value over the entire lifecycle of their assets and services, and to drive their ecological transition, together with their end-users.n 2023, SUEZ produced drinking water for 57 million people worldwide and sanitation services for more than 36 million people. The Group generated 7.7 TWh of energy from waste and wastewater.

Tekniker
Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center
Tekniker
Tekniker
Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center
Role in the project

Software tools for 3D nesting, testing and development of different cutting technologies for size reduction of waste material coming from EoL composites coming from the wind sector. Development of Long Fiber Delamination (LFD) process for the fragmentation of composites as a pretreatment for later recycling and valorization processes.

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Tekniker is a technology centre specialized in Advanced  manufacturing, Surface Engineering, Product Engineering and ICTs for manufacturing. Since 1981, its mission is focused on bringing about growth and wellbeing for society at large through R&D&I actions and by furthering the competitiveness of our industrial fabric in a sustainable manner. Tekniker is a non-profit foundation member of the Basque Research and Technology Alliance (BRTA).

In line with its missions and origins, Tekniker not only provides companies with technological support, but is also involved in generating new business initiatives, which are usually technological and, often, “spin offs” of the centre itself. Since the early nineties, Tekniker has been involved in setting up around twenty new business initiatives.

TPI COMPOSITES
Wind Blade Manufacturer company
TPI
TPI COMPOSITES
Wind Blade Manufacturer company
Role in the project

TPI composites will be leading the 4th work package in REWIND project. In this context, TPI will first ensure the input and outputs and coordination of other partners in the work package. In addition, technical feasibility analysis and validation the circularity of the EoL composites coming from WTB will be carried out by manufacturing trials of composite parts for the wind energy sector using vacuum infusion method from recycled glass/carbon fiber and resin materials.

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TPI Composites Inc. was founded in 1968 and it is the only independent US-based composite wind blade manufacturer company for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) globally. TPI Composites Inc. started producing composite wind turbine blades in 2001. Our knowledge and experience of composite materials and manufacturing originates with our predecessor company, Tillotson Pearson Inc., a leading manufacturer of high-performance sail and powerboats along with a wide range of composite structures used in other industrial applications.

We are headquartered in Arizona, and our global footprint include various mold manufacturing plants and blade production facilities around the world. TPI has its own R&D, Engineering Centers and field service locations. TPI is a global company focused on innovative and sustainable solutions to decarbonize and electrify the world. We accounted for approximately 33% of all onshore wind blades on a MW-basis globally, excluding China, in 2023. This year we had $1.46 billion in net sales and produced 7,752 wind blades.

Our wind blades support the decarbonization of energy production, provide significant reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and help mitigate climate change. TPI’s mission is to deliver innovative and sustainable solutions to decarbonize and electrify the world by covering its core values which are safety, operational excellence, commitment, integrity, leadership.

AEMAC
Spanish Association of Composite Materials
Aemac
AEMAC
Spanish Association of Composite Materials
Role in the project

AEMAC is the leader of the WP6. It is responsible for define and implementing the Dissemination and Communication Plan and arranging the communication and dissemination activities during the project period.

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The Spanish Association of Composite Materials (AEMAC), was founded in 1993 as a not for profit organization by researchers and professors from Universities. Its mission is to serve as an interaction between the scientific, technical and business communities to help with the transfer of technology and the management of knowledge. As well as, fostering better communications and dissemination of activities, promoting specialized training and representing the Spanish Composite Materials Community in international forums. Its vision is to become the institution of reference in composite materials, in the Spanish language. AEMAC has a board of directors composed of 12 members from the academic community and the industry. AEMAC has been promoting the Biennial Congress of Composite Materials (MATCOMP) in Spain, since 1995.