Partners in innovation
Odense Climate Partnership
Odense Climate Partnership gathers the city to support the green transition
Although the climate challenges are global, many of the green solutions must be found locally. Therefore, companies and role figures in Odense must interact with each other, in order to drive innovation and initiative. Odense Climate Partnership creates the framework for this community.
The Partnership consists of The H. J. Hansen Group, 3C Groups, Universal Robots, Energi Fyn, Syddansk Universitet, Jysk Fynske Medier, Fjernvarme Fyn, Odense Havn, Odense Renovation, and Odense Kommune.
The Climate Partnership must accelerate and connect the development that is already underway in Odense, to create inspiration and a belief that the city is climate-neural by 2030 at the latest.
Wind turbine blades consist of a complex composition of i.a. glass and carbon fibers. This makes recycling challenging, and thus it is a very current issue, as many of the earliest wind turbines today are nearing the end of their useful lives and must be taken down.
DecomBlades is a cross-sector project that aims to create functional and sustainable value chains for handling end-of-life wind turbine blades nationally and internationally. It is everything from manufacturing to processing and recycling.
The wind industry is committed to finding sustainable ways to deal with end-of-life wind turbine blades regarding the environment, health, safety, energy consumption, and economy. That is why HJHansen Recycling Group has teamed up with Vestas, SiemensGamesa, LM Wind Power, Ørsted, FLSmidth, Makeen Energy, SDU, DTU and Energy Cluster Denmark in this three-year DecomBlades project, which is partially funded by Innovationsfonden Danmarks Grand Solutions-program.
HJHansen Recycling Group is responsible for two of eight work packages – “mechanical grinding” and “pre-processing and logistics”.
It is our years of experience and knowledge of breaking down and sorting materials for recycling that mean we are at the forefront of the work area “mechanical grinding”.
Our demolition team’s experience in dismantling and cutting up wind turbines and blades makes us a natural leader for this work package. Shredding the wings is a prerequisite for transporting the wings for recycling in an economically viable way. Our many years of experience with on-site handling of demolition projects means that we have great expertise in the correct cutting and sorting of objects for the most efficient transport, which our logistics department plans.
Transport by sea
Scrap is often large and heavy. Therefore, most of HJHansen Recycling Group’s sites are located by the water so that we can transport as many goods as possible on the water.
When we transport iron scrap between Aalborg and Odense, it is by ship rather than truck, as it has lower fuel emissions and thus less negative impact on the environment. The goods must be transported to Odense to either be processed in our shredder or loaded onto the large deep-sea ships. In 2021, we shipped approx. 49,000 tonnes of scrap from the harbor in Aalborg to Odense with the ship Ann Rousing.
Calculations show that if we were to transport the scrap by truck rather than by ship, the CO2-equivalent fuel emission would be 45% greater between Aalborg and Odense.
By transporting our scrap by sea rather than by truck, we also protect the environment and the Danish road network for 2,446 truck trips between Odense and Aalborg.