Plans to fabricate the world’s first fully recyclable wind turbine blade have been unveiled by a cross-sectoral consortium including French developer Engie and GE-owned manufacturer LM Wind Power.

The $21.8m Zebra (Zero wastE Blade ReseArch) project, led by R&D group IRT Jules Verne, aims to demonstrate a “full-scale” thermoplastic blade infused with a new type of resin devised by specialist outfit Arkema that will use an eco-design approach to streamline recycling.