Vestas claimed “gamechanger” blade material recycling technology unveiled on Monday is the “final step” towards a fully-recyclable wind turbine.

The Danish wind giant led an industry-academic consortium that it said has cracked the problem of recycling thermoset composites, the toughest – in every sense – challenge for the industry as it seeks to eliminate the need to dump used blades in landfill.

Vestas and its partners – including epoxy resin specialist Olin, the Danish Technological Institute (DTI), and Aarhus University – now aim to commercialise the novel technology within three years via an initiative called CETEC (Circular Economy for Thermosets Epoxy Composites) set up for the purpose.