Like it or not, there are already industrial quantities of renewable installations and their hardware in many places around the world. Sooner or later the problem of what to do with hordes of obsolete wind turbines, solar panels, batteries and suchlike ‘green’ paraphernalia has to be addressed to prevent a massive pile-up of industrial waste.
Renewable energy has been hailed as the great salve for the world’s climate change woes, says Chemical & Engineering News.
Building massive infrastructure for solar and wind energy, and introducing electric vehicles, will help citizens in developing countries live the lifestyles they desire without the need to burn dirty fossil fuels.
But though these technologies have existed for decades, there’s no plan to make sure they remain green to the end.
Experts forecast hundreds of thousands of tons of old wind turbine blades, batteries, and solar modules will need to be disposed of or recycled in the next decade—and millions of tons by 2050.
Read on about the technologies evolving around the world to handle this unusual waste stream – here.
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April 9, 2018 at 03:36AM