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The first generation of wind turbine blades were made from combinations of balsa wood, glass, carbon fibre, and resins, bound together with glues that proved difficult to remove. Hence these blades have largely ended up in landfill graveyards like the one seen below. Trying to recover materials from them has largely been unsuccessful so they lie in pits looking like row upon row of ghosts. But a Spanish company, Reciclalia,  has developed the ability to recycle and recovery materials from 1,500 blades per year. And Vestas, the Danish manufacturer of wind turbines is applying Circular Economic Principles to achieve zero-waste in its production and end-of-life processes by 2040.

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Matt Chester on Sep 16, 2021

Are the companies looking to get into the turbine blade recycling game separate from the ones that are manufacturing them in the first place? It seems like there'd be an opening for a single company to take control of whole lifecycle-- circular economy minded production, collection at end of life, reuse of the materials in the next generation they make. The more you can reduce the middle men the less inefficiency you would create, I'd think. 

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Jim Stack on Sep 17, 2021

What type of warranty does a turbine and it's blades usually have in the beginning. Solar panels are 20 to 30 years depending on brand. Some include very high output like 90% or more. I would hope wind power would also have a high warranty. The manufacturer should stand behind them so they can stay in business. 

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