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Destructive Restoration Part 4 - Renewables

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Senior Consultant, Microgrid Labs

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Microgrid Labs, Inc. Advisor: 2014 to Present Developed product plans, conceptual and preliminary designs for projects, performed industry surveys and developed...

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This paper is about the processes used to recycle the market-leading renewable energy products, including PV panels, wind turbines blades and batteries.

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Matt Chester on May 4, 2021

I LOVE those repurposed pictures-- I don't know how much of a real dent it can make in the end of life materials (reminds me of the stationary food truck type operations that use old discarded shipping containers-- it's a great way to re-use, but it's a tiny fraction of the total amount reaching end of life), but it's got some fun modern steam punk vibes to it

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John Benson on May 4, 2021

Tanks for the comment, Matt.

Europeans are head of us in having to figure out what to do with old wind turbines, so after digging for a while, I ended up on EU sites.


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Mark Silverstone on May 10, 2021

Here are a couple of more articles, one from each side of the Atlantic, related to recyclable thermoplastic resins so that at least some components of wind turbine blades can get a second life.

CANOE has recently developed a very innovative recycling process of fiber-reinforced acrylic composite material by dissolution method providing a high added-value recovery of both separate recycled methyl methacrylate monomer and recycled fiber.



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