Resources | Decommissioning, Disposal

Information on lifespan, decommissioning, and the toxic waste and disposal issues.

Discussion Paper on Managing Composite Blade Waste. Wind Europe ( March 2017.

Pu Liu, Claire Y. Barlow, Wind turbine blade waste in 2050,Waste Management,Volume 62,2017, Pages 229-240, ISSN 0956-053X,
“With the first wave of early commercial wind turbine installations now approaching their end of life, the problem of blade disposal is just beginning to emerge as a significant factor for the future. ” – “The research indicates that there will be 43 million tonnes of blade waste worldwide by 2050 with China possessing 40% of the waste, Europe 25%, the United States 16% and the rest of the world 19%.”

Ramirez-Tejeda, K., Turcotte, D. A., & Pike, S. (2017). Unsustainable Wind Turbine Blade Disposal Practices in the United States: A Case for Policy Intervention and Technological Innovation. NEW SOLUTIONS: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, 26(4), 581–598.

Renewable Energy Focus, Volumes 22–23, 2017, pp. 20-23

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Useful Life: Table gives ranges on useful life of several technologies.

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