Infographic: Recycling Wind Turbines
New designs and materials are making wind turbine blades easier to recycle.
Wind turbines have become a standard piece within the renewable energy portfolio as countries look to cut carbon emissions. Capital and operating costs have dropped, making them competitive as fossil-fueled powerplants are phased out. But as wind turbines age, disposal issues mount. Turbine blades are the biggest problem in recycling, with most blades going to landfills. Now, new designs and materials are making blades easier to recycle.