One Cool Thing: Wind Turbines Recycled Into Cement

California Wind Farm     Photo: Jantangring, Wkiki CC

One of the problems with wind turbines is what to do with the giant blades once they wear out.  Now there is an answer.  E&E News reports that Veolia Environnement SA has struck a deal with General Electric to shred the fiberglass blades into a material that can replace coal, sand, and clay at cement manufacturing plants — 90% will be used. According to NPR, most of the turbines can be reused except for the blade and researchers estimate the U.S. will have more than 720,000 tons of blade material to dispose of over the next 20 years.

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