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Vestas is Turning Old Wind Turbine Blades into Cement

USDA Photo by Preston Keres wind turbines on Illinois farm / Wind turbines on the Bishop Hill wind farm operate among the corn and soybean fields near Bishop Hill, Ill., Sept. 14, 2017.
An Iowa Vestas site is collecting wind turbine blades from across the country to be recycled. The company is grinding the blades up to be used as an additive in cement.

Vestas, a wind turbine company with a site in Iowa, is working to divert turbine blades from landfills. Typically turbines only have 25-30 year operational lives and are sent to landfills afterward. This company is collecting blades from across the country giving them a second life. Shredding each blade up into smaller pieces, they are then used as an additive in cement. The program manager for the recycling program at Vestas believes their current process has a lot of potential future uses.

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