Circular composites for a better tomorrow.
Made from up to 92% recycled material via our CO2 neutral material transformation technology.
If we’re going to avoid a climate disaster, we have to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Getting from 51 billion to zero in just thirty years might be the most difficult thing humankind has ever accomplished.
– Bill Gates
And it’s in our care. For the first time in the history of humanity, for the first time in 500 million years, one species has the future in the palm of its hands.
– Sir David Attenborough
What we’re experiencing is a wave of end of life for hundreds of thousands of installed wind turbine blades. If we look out to the year 2050, the composite waste from wind turbine blades alone coming off turbines is going to constitute 50 million metric tons.
– Derek Berry
NREL senior wind technology engineer
In the media today we can already find a clear example in the form of the wind blade. As turbines from the first great wave of wind power are reaching their end of their life expectancy, many are ending up in landfills where they are simply forgotten.
Disposing of them in an environmentally-friendly way is quickly becoming an urgent problem that we must solve before the amount of people, politicians, and businesses that accept this as their truth grows. We’re not, nor will we ever be one of them.
We’re creating a world where composite materials never die, they simply, logically and efficiently are transformed into new and better products. Our aim for a not so far off future is a world where your new car could be made from parts of your old car and the interior of the aeroplane taking you on your summer holidays could easily have been a wind blade in its previous life.
Our planet deserves, no, needs this, if we want to allow future generations to enjoy it.
Wind blades, automotive, marine, manufacturing waste (GRP+PUR)
We organise the transport and logistics of GRP/PUR end-of-life products and manufacturing waste to our factory According to our clients’ needs.
Cutting, milling, breaking, screening, gravity-separating, sorting, sifting, cleaning, storing.
In our process, we mechanically transform & separate the feedstock materials back into their raw, basic materials.
The system is prepared to optically sort-out formerly embedded carbon-fiber materials.
All ferrous and non-ferrous metals, as well as any pollutants are separated and sent off for further recycling.
GRP, CFP, Others
The structural backbone of most feedstock materials, now cut to <20mm
Originally the ‘formwork’ for the structural components, now ground to <1.5mm
Epoxies & resins originally used to bond the components, now ground to <2mm
Here we create compound blends based on the classified, reclaimed materials together with virgin resin(s) and/or other formaldehyde-free additives. For special applications, we can also add (blend-in or layer-in) other virgin materials to create special product attributes such as fire-proofing, insulation, or sound attenuation and much more.
Surface layer for the new finished panel.
Inner layer for the new finished panel.
This is where we produce our high-performing, environmentally friendly single or multi (2-3) layer panels. First, for each layer endless mats are formed from the precisely blended composite materials, then the materials are pre-compressed. A rigorous online, real time quality control (QC) system monitors all steps & parameters.
Next, the layers enter a high-pressure, heated, continuous-press resulting in the high-density panels. Final steps are more quality control and optional surface sanding.
Made from up to 92% recycled materials!
As the musician Will.I.Am said “Waste isn’t waste until we waste it.”
Continuum makes composites for a better future, making waste from GRP & PUR a thing of the past.