In 10 seconds? Although wind farms are iconic (and controversial) structures battling climate change by generating fossil-free energy, they have a dirty secret: their blades end up in landfills – which is not very eco-friendly. A recent paper reviewed the potential solutions… with some amusing results.
Why are we talking about this? Wind power is a low-cost, carbon-free technology that is increasing in popularity as the world takes steps to move away from fossil fuels and towards producing green energy. However, as wind turbines come to the end of their life, their huge blades must be decommissioned and many end up in a landfill. A recent review examined how we can reduce the waste produced from blades that have reached the end of their life.