Toxic scrap: Wind and solar's not-so-green flipside
Photovoltaic panels and wind turbines are green technologies – just not in terms of waste disposal. Both are difficult to break down in an environmentally sound way, leaving business and technical specialists demanding a solution.
BY THOMAS HØY DAVIDSEN
The post showed up on Facebook on Oct. 1 and was quickly shared by several thousand profiles. According to its author, a major scandal was taking place.
With the outlook to roughly 25,000 tonnes of decommissioned wind turbine blades existing in 2025 – and twice as much five years later – the wind sector wants the EU to ban landfilling the composite components and to support development of new solutions.
Even though Ørsted still sees floating offshore wind "complementary" to the fixed-bottom variety, the Danish power company now has plans for the emerging technology after last week's announcement to bid in Norway's coming tender.