Science - 03/September/2018

Wind industry faces up to the inevitable

Blades are posing the biggest waste challenge as increasing numbers of wind turbines reach the end of their useful life

With numbers of wind turbines reaching the end of their useful life now moving into the thousands each year, industry is drawing up strategies to deal with the wave of waste. Blades are posing the biggest challenge.

If facing the reality and inevitability of death is a sign of maturity, wind turbine designers, manufacturers and operators have, as it were, well and truly reached old age. No longer is it hundreds of onshore turbines from the early years of wind energy entering their graves, but thousands as they reach the end of what for most is their useful 20 to 25 year lives. ...

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