The Largest Wind Turbine Manufacturer Will Be Using Recycled Material For All Of Its Blades

Wind power is being used in many parts of the world as a sustainable way to create electricity from a natural resource.

This type of green energy is now getting even greener, thanks to news from the largest manufacturer of wind turbines in the world. They are working on creating wind turbine blades that are 100% recyclable.

Vestas understands the need to be green, as they produce 18% of the products related to wind power in the world.

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They are also the first company in the market to be committed to using recyclable products. This is good news because the market is growing by about 3% every year.

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Coming up with a way to create an all-recyclable blade was no easy task. Most of the blades used in giant wind turbines are held together with an epoxy resin and made of both carbon fiber and glass.

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Since those materials aren’t separated easily, the turbine blades typically end up in the landfill at the end of their useful life.

According to a report from Reuters, new chemical technology will be used that allows the epoxy to break away clean from the other products in the blade.

The hard material will be removed, and the epoxy can be reused as well. This will result in a fully recyclable wind turbine blade that they hope to be ready for the market within two decades.

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A wind turbine has a lifespan of anywhere from 20 to 25 years. When it is decommissioned, 75% of the waste comes from the blades.

According to Reuters, a representative at Vestas, Peter Garrett, spoke about how a lot of work has gone into this new approach and they hope that it becomes the standard for any future turbines that are produced.

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