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ENERGYLOOP and SURUS join forces to tackle the recycling of wind turbine blades


ENERGYLOOP and SURUS join forces to tackle the recycling of wind turbine blades

The company promoted by FCC Ámbito and Iberdrola joins forces with the Spanish firm specialising in circular economy and decommissioning

ENERGYLOOP and SURUS join forces to tackle the recycling of wind turbine blades

ENERGYLOOP, company owned by FCC Ámbito and Iberdrola for the recycling of wind farm components, has signed a collaboration agreement with SURUS, a leading Spanish company in adding value through the implementation of projects related to sustainability and circular economy, with the aim of providing a joint solution for the recycling of wind turbine blades in wind farm repowering projects.

Spain is a leading country in wind energy production, fifth worldwide in the ranking of countries with the highest installed wind power capacity and second in Europe. According to the Spanish Wind Energy Association (AEE in Spanish), Spain has 1,345 wind farms with more than 22,000 wind turbines and an installed capacity of 30,000 MW, producing 61,176 GWh of energy in 2023, which represents 27.1% of the country's energy demand. In fact, the wind energy sector contributes more than €3,000 million to the Spanish GDP and employs more than 30,000 people.

To keep on maintaining its leadership in wind energy, Spain needs to modernise its wind farms, for reasons of age (more than 36% of wind turbines are over 15 years old) and to improve their efficiency and contribution to sustainability. The repowering of a wind farm consists of replacing old equipment of low power and efficiency with new machines of greater capacity and performance, improving the use of wind resources. To promote this renewal process, and given that Spain aims, according to the recent draft of the National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan (PNIEC in Spanish), to cover 81% of energy demand with renewable sources by 2030, the Ministry for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge announced in December grants for wind repowering worth €223 million. 

One of the consequences of the repowering projects that will be addressed is the need to provide a sustainable solution for the blades of the wind turbines that have been replaced, as there are more than 66,000 installed in Spain. These elements are made of polyester reinforced with fibreglass or carbon fibre, materials that can be used in a recovery process in case a blade has not been able to find a second life.

ENERGYLOOP was created to carry out the recovery of wind turbine blade components and their reuse in sectors such as energy, aerospace, automotive, textile, chemical and construction. Its activity will begin with the start-up in 2024 in the Navarre municipality of Cortes of an innovative blade recycling facility that will require an investment of close to €10 million. The logic of this activity explains the collaboration agreement with a company such as SURUS, a specialist in the circular decommissioning of industrial facilities and which has an extensive experience in the repowering of wind farms. Under the agreement, SURUS will provide a flow of elements from those projects where it executes its circular dismantling solution and will offer ENERGYLOOP for recycling those blades that have not been marketed for reuse.

In the words of Luis Sanz, Managing Director of ENERGYLOOP, "this collaboration with SURUS, which has an important knowledge background, will undoubtedly strengthen ENERGYLOOP's activity and provide a strong boost to the circular economy, improving the necessary competitiveness and sustainability".

According to Adolfo Cancelo, Managing Partner of SURUS, "this agreement allows us to continue contributing our knowledge and experience to the market as an important player in the current wind repowering value chain alongside a consortium of the calibre of ENERGYLOOP, all within the framework of our commitment to sustainability and the circular economy".



ENERGYLOOP is the company owned by Iberdrola, through its PERSEO programme, and FCC Ámbito, a subsidiary of FCC Servicios Medio Ambiente, with the support of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energies, which aims to lead the recycling of components from renewable facilities, one of the greatest medium and long-term challenges in the sector. The initial objective is the recovery of wind turbine blade components and their reuse in sectors such as energy, aerospace, automotive, textile, chemical and construction. ENERGYLOOP contributes to the transformation of the wind energy sector into a truly circular economy by investing in integrated blade recycling solutions. This initiative will also improve its competitiveness and sustainability thanks to the research and implementation of new recycling technologies that will make it possible to absorb the increasing amounts of waste and adopt increasingly efficient solutions.


SURUS is the leading Spanish firm in providing value to society, companies and Public Administrations through the execution of projects related to sustainability and the circular economy. Since 2010 we have been developing turnkey consultancy, decommissioning and re-employment projects, dealing with the dismantling of any type of facility with the aim of prioritising the re-use of the resulting assets, maximising recycling and reducing the amount of waste generated. These assets are marketed via auction on our web portal Escrapalia, where we have a large base of hundreds of thousands of customers potentially interested in acquiring them. www.surusin.com.