Lead researcher, Ryan Ginder, research assistant professor at UT’s Tickle College of Engineering Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, explained, “Rather than simply downcycling the blades into worthless aggregates, we are able to not only convert the blades’ organic components into useful petrochemicals for energy production but also able to extract the glass fiber reinforcement and use it to make higher-value recycled composites.”

“Having the opportunity to collaborate with the bright minds at UT, like Dr. Ginder, and catalyze new solutions for our country’s plastics waste problem, is a (UT) Volunteer’s dream come true,” said UT grad and CEO of Carbon Rivers, Bowie Benson.