Clean energy filling the landfills

NZ IndicatorNZ Indicator Senior MemberPosts: 10,466 Senior Member
edited February 7 in The Lodge #1

Tens of thousands of aging blades are coming down from steel towers around the world and most have nowhere to go but landfills. In the U.S. alone, about 8,000 will be removed in each of the next four years. Europe, which has been dealing with the problem longer, has about 3,800 coming down annually through at least 2022, according to BloombergNEF.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2020-02-05/wind-turbine-blades-can-t-be-recycled-so-they-re-piling-up-in-landfills

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  • Buffco2Buffco2 Posts: 177 Senior Member

    Doesn't mean we stop. We improve.

  • bushart1bushart1 Posts: 311 Senior Member

    @Buffco2 said:
    Doesn't mean we stop. We improve.

    BUFF!!...BUFF!!!

    For the Love of God

    Stop applying common sense

  • ShawnC2ShawnC2 Posts: 249 Senior Member

    **** it, let's go back to whale oil.

  • fishingcomicfishingcomic Senior Member Posts: 25,001 Senior Member

    @ShawnC2 said:
    **** it, let's go back to whale oil.

    But here is the idea. We do not kill the whales. We give them liposuction. That way we get the energy and sexier whales.

    'I've spoken of the Shining City all my political life. …In my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That's how I saw it, and see it still.'" Ronald Reagan
  • creekguycreekguy Senior Member Posts: 3,991 Senior Member
    edited February 8 #6

    The solid waste issue just starts here. A mile-high stack of old tires, anyone? How many people are living on landfills without knowing it? A lot! But go forward a 100 years, and if there are is still civilization, they will be mining all these old sites for the precious resources.

  • CO NativeCO Native Senior Member Posts: 1,662 Senior Member

    Hmmm, should be some way to build with these. We could build a "prop city" out in the middle of nowhere and move all the bums out there. They get a house and we clean up town.
    Win-win!!!

  • NZ IndicatorNZ Indicator Senior Member Posts: 10,466 Senior Member
    edited February 11 #8

    Hopefully somone figures out a use for them other than burying them. Cripes.

  • fishingcomicfishingcomic Senior Member Posts: 25,001 Senior Member

    How many acres of landfill are we talking here, 2 or 3?

    'I've spoken of the Shining City all my political life. …In my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That's how I saw it, and see it still.'" Ronald Reagan
  • sherbsherb Senior Member Posts: 4,554 Senior Member

    have you seen the size of those blades? One takes a full 40' trailer to transport.

  • fishingcomicfishingcomic Senior Member Posts: 25,001 Senior Member

    Okay 4.

    'I've spoken of the Shining City all my political life. …In my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That's how I saw it, and see it still.'" Ronald Reagan
  • CO NativeCO Native Senior Member Posts: 1,662 Senior Member

    @fishingcomic said:
    Okay 4.

    "Each turbine blade will need between 30 and 44.8 cubic yards of landfill space, using a total of 448,000 cubic yards of the 2.6 million yards set aside for construction and demolition material."

    "The average lifespan of a wind turbine is 20 to 25 years, and wind farms repurpose and recycle 90 percent of the materials in a wind turbine unit. The only materials not recycled are the fiberglass blades and motor housings. Nationwide, there are nearly 50,000 wind turbines, with 2,700 being decommissioned since the energy boom of the 1970s."

    You can do the math.

  • fishingcomicfishingcomic Senior Member Posts: 25,001 Senior Member

    So then less space than we use for disposable diapers.

    'I've spoken of the Shining City all my political life. …In my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That's how I saw it, and see it still.'" Ronald Reagan

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