STS AICHE November 2021 dinner meeting | AIChE

STS AICHE November 2021 dinner meeting

Thursday, November 4, 2021,
5:30pm to 9:00pm
In-Person / Local
8686 Kirby Dr.
Houston, TX 77054
United States

Nov 4th 5:30—6:30PM Workshop (pre-dinner) Speaker

STS-AIChE is pleased to offer a workshop on “Options for reuse or recycling of wind turbine blades,” by Eberhard Lucke, Lucke Consulting Technology Services LLC.


The use of wind energy has expanded significantly in the last 20 years. It began the century as a niche energy source in Europe and the United States and ended up currently being a mainstream source of clean, cost-competitive energy around the world.  In 2019, the global wind energy market reached a new milestone of 651 GW cumulative installed capacity, with strong continued growth foreseen across America, Asia, and Europe. And as onshore wind technology has matured, offshore wind has been embraced by governments and international institutions as one of the next game-changers in the energy transition.

With the increased use of wind turbines to support the energy transition to renewable sources comes the increasing challenge of the recycling or reuse of the turbine blades after decommissioning of turbines. Due to their materials of construction turbine blades cannot be disposed of easily. Dumping blades on a landfill is not a viable and environmentally acceptable solution. And other ideas currently applied may not be capable of handling the number of blades that will require disposal in the near future.

The main objective of this report is to provide information on possible solutions for the recycling of wind turbine blades, considering their components and materials of construction, the number of wind turbines in different geographical regions, and the turbine's expected lifetime. Several options for turbine blades recycling will be compared and their advantages and disadvantages will be discussed. The report concludes with our recommendation for a path forward including the identification of existing gaps in information and research that need to be closed.



Mr. Lucke is a well-established and recognized expert in the oil refining and gas processing industries with over 30 years of experience as a consultant, engineer, and manager. Starting as process and technology engineer in one of Germany’s leading refinery, Eberhard completed a 2-year assignment in Venezuela before he moved to the USA. Working for several leading engineering and consulting firms in Houston he covered the regions Europe, Caribbean, North and South America in distinct roles like consultant, lead process engineer, owner’s engineer, project manager, department manager and company executive.

In 2012 Eberhard founded Lucke Consulting Technology Services, LLC to utilize his technical expertise and industry experience in the growth and development of clients across the energy sector. Since then he supported many projects as owner’s engineer and consultant by providing design reviews, due diligence, and technical management. Eberhard serves on the advisory board for the Professional Science Masters Program (Environmental) at Rice University.

Nov 4th 6:30 - 9 PM Workshop (Dinner) Speaker

Low-Carbon Solutions for a Sustainable Future

Speaker : Roger Harris, Cemvita Factory


  • The problem statement
  • Cemvita's solution
  • Our synthetic biology platform
  • Commercializing disruptive FOAK technologies
  • Scaling up and scaling across




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Enjoy a New England Dinner Evening with STS AIChE!


Dinner Buffet:

Clam and Potato Chowder

Arugula Salad, Strawberries, Mint Vinaigrette

Cabbage Cranberry Mustard Slaw

Honey Biscuits with Jam and Butter

Broiled Chicken Breast, Artichoke Cream

Grilled Ribeye, Garlic Onion Jus

Herb Crusted Atlantic Salmon, Lemon Aioli

Roasted Rosemary Red Potatoes

Grilled Asparagus with Sauteed Onions



Key Lime Cheesecake

Blueberry Pie

Seasonal Fresh Fruits and Berries


Coffee Station:

Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee

Hot Water and Tea Option


Non-Alcoholic Beverages:

Iced Tea with Lemon Wedges



Alcoholic Beverage:

Cash Bar**

** Cash only and electronic payment option


Vegetarian Option:

Vegetable Herb and Cheese Stuffed Eggplant ***

*** This option is only available if requested before November 1, 2021, by 12:00 PM.


Note Due to COVID-19 restrictions there is no onsite registration/last-minute registration. We require you to register ahead of time if you plan to attend our In-Person Dinner Meeting.