Wind energy may be more sustainable, but those giant blades driving wind turbines don’t last forever. Fortunately, a major association for the wind energy field might have found a way to make them more efficient to recycle.
WindEurope, which represents the European Union’s wind industry, announced last week that it would team with two chemical industry groups—Cefic (the European Chemical Industry Council) and EUCIA (the European Composites Industry Association)—to create new ways to reuse the materials in different contexts.
In the next five years, about 12,000 wind turbines will be decommissioned. The turbines use a composite material, which can be recycled into materials such as cement, along with a replacement for traditional coal.
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