This post is a part of a series on Recycling Clean Energy Technologies This is one of four blogs in a series examining current challenges and opportunities for recycling of clean energy technologies. Please see the introductory post , as well as other entries on solar panels and energy storage batteries . Special thanks to Jessica Garcia , UCS’s Summer 2020 Midwest Clean Energy Policy Fellow, for research support and co-authoring these posts. Wind turbines have increased in size and quantity to meet clean energy capacity demands Modern wind power converts the kinetic (movement) energy from wind into mechanical energy. This happens through the turning of large fiberglass blades, which then spin a generator to produce electricity. Wind turbines, as they are known, can be located onshore or offshore. Wind power is projected to continue growing across the US by 2050. The latest Wind Technologies Market Report prepared by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that wind energy prices are at all-time lows, and for 2019, 7.3 percent of utility-scale electricity generation in the US came from wind . In this blog post, we will examine land-based wind turbines and the recycling opportunities that exist but are not yet widely […]

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