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Windtech International July August 2024 issue





NREL fig 1Opportunities to Recover Materials and Energy from End-of-Life Wind Turbine Blades
As wind turbines installed in the late 1990s and early 2000s begin to be decommissioned, it is important to consider sustainable options for handling their end-of-life materials. Recycling and other circular economy methods can reduce the material intensity of wind energy production, but composite blades are more difficult to recycle than many other major wind turbine components. Several circular economy strategies have been developed for processing composite materials, thereby enhancing the sustainability of electricity production from wind energy.
By Aubryn Cooperman, engineering analyst, National Wind Technology Center, NREL, USA


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