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As the world ramps up renewable energy deployments, an uncomfortable truth is arising: The materials, manufacturing processes and disposal methods for clean technologies are creating their own issues.
Case in point: wind turbine blades.
In the U.S. alone, about 8,000 blades are expected to be removed this year. Most of those were installed more than a decade ago, when installations were less than a fifth of what they are now. In other words, this is a problem that is about to get a lot bigger.
The replacement of those turbines represents a perfect opportunity to take a look at wind energy and how circular principles can make the equipment even more environmentally friendly.