- Sep 16, 2021 4:04 pm GMT
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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