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The wind is great for producing electricity with no greenhouse gas emissions. But there’s a dirty secret: what happens to turbines at the end of their lives?

This week, a study by the University of South Australia’s Future Industries Institute revealed the vast waste legacy of disused wind turbines.

And the problem is only getting worse.

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And as more countries switch from gas to wind energy, the problem will only get worse. This is how the German government wants to build between 1,000 and 1,500 new wind turbines every year.

The life cycle of a wind turbine is approximately 20-25 years. And it is estimated that approximately 14,000 wind turbine blades in Europe should be dismantled by 2023.

Why is it so difficult to recycle or reuse wind turbines?

German wind turbines