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Janicki, Global Fiberglass Solutions to develop composites recycling systems

Janicki and GFS, both based in Washington state, will work on processes to convert decommissioned wind blades into usable composite materials.

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Posted on: 6/29/2015
Source: CompositesWorld

Janicki Industries (Sedro-Woolley, WA, US) reported on June 16 that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Global Fiberglass Solutions Inc. (Bothell, WA) for fiberglass recycling and to develop manufacturing technologies and processes. Janicki and GFSI will collaborate to advance and develop products with a high content of recycled fiberglass materials. They will use these materials in infrastructural and architectural markets.

To implement this partnership, GFSI and Janicki will identify market and product potentials for recycled materials and formulate specific material properties for these applications. One of the initial areas of focus will be large-scale noise barriers for highways fabricated in part from decommissioned utility scale wind blades.

Vice president of Janicki Industries Industrial Markets, Andy Bridge, says, “Recently while touring a wind blade factory, I asked myself what happens when these 15-25-ton behemoths reach the end of their design life? GFSI has a vision and the technology to reclaim fiberglass and we are excited to develop market based products and large scale manufacturing processes customized for the material properties. We can grow our products and services for customers and at the same time reduce waste by recycling fiberglass materials.”

GFSI and its technical partner, Washington State University, have successfully manufactured a variety of composite products with fiberglass material taken from decommissioned wind blades. Testing conducted on the manufactured products showed overall superior mechanical and physical properties, suitable for a range of green manufacturing applications.

CEO of Global Fiberglass Solutions, Don Lilly, says, “Partnering with an industry leader such as Janicki Industries can take GFSI’s patented fiberglass recycling process to a whole new level of manufacturing sustainable high-grade products.” 

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