Wind Blade Circular Economy Pathways

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As wind turbines installed in the late 1990s and early 2000s begin to be decommissioned, it is important to consider sustainable options for handling their end-of-life materials. Recycling and other circular economy methods can reduce the material intensity of wind energy production, but composite blades are more difficult to recycle than many other major wind turbine components. Several circular economy strategies have been developed for processing composite materials, thereby enhancing the sustainability of electricity production from wind energy.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalWindTech International
StatePublished - 2021

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5000-79376


  • circular economy
  • wind turbine blades


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