About BladeBridge

Blade Repurposing Innovation doesn't just happen...

BladeBridge is the start-up company formed by Cork, Ireland based researchers from the Re-Wind Network. The purpose of the Re-Wind Network is to develop repurposing solutions for decommissioned wind turbine blades which are environmentally and socially superior to conventional products and disposal methods, as supported by research. The Re-Wind Network is a collection of faculty, staff and students at five academic institutions – Georgia Institute of Technology, University College Cork, Queen’s University Belfast, City University of New York and Munster Technological University – and industry affiliates.

The BladeBridge Team

Dr. Angie Nagle


Angie has a lifelong interest in community and business development in the area of waste repurposing. Her PhD research focused on combining Life Cycle Assessment and the Sustainable Development Goals to assess products made from discarded wind blade material. Previously, Angie started up The Baby Markets, and previous to that, was a process engineer for Boston Scientific and Intel. She has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and Public Policy, an MSc in Biomedical Engineering, and a PhD in Environmental Engineering.

Kieran Ruane


Kieran is a Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer and a lecturer in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at MTU. Kieran is a former director of RPS where he was Head of Bridges and he has 30 years’ experience in the design and delivery of civil engineering works of all scales. Kieran has an extensive industry and academic network in the engineering sector in Ireland. He was Chair of the Institution of Structural Engineers, Republic of Ireland Group in 2018 and 2019 and he is currently President of the Civil Engineering Research Association of Ireland. Kieran has active research projects in the area of repurposing composite materials including a recent award from SEAI. He designed and oversaw the fabrication and construction of the BladeBridge for Cork County Council.

Dr. Paul Leahy

Head of R&D

Paul is a senior lecturer in Wind Energy in UCC’s School of Engineering and Architecture, and brings professional connections to the wind sector. He is a member of the Climate Change & Environmental Sciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy and is on the Steering Group of IEA Task 45 on Wind Turbine Blade Recycling. He has mentored and managed over 15 graduate students and 10 research staff and worked in partnership with SMEs and MNCs to deliver R&D in the energy and environmental sectors. He can maintain our connection with the Re-Wind Network, and address IP issues with technology coming from the project.

Louise Hickey

Office Manager

In 2023, Louise completed her advanced certificate in Business Management at Mallow College, where she not only received an Academic Achievement Award but also contributed to a team that won the Entrepreneurship Award for the Best Marketing Plan. Louise is known for her attention to detail and effective communication skills. She is dedicated to building a workspace that boosts efficiency and contributes to the success of the BladeBridge team.

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