Article of Interest: Breathing new life into renewable energy

Posted: October 16, 2019

The forecast of power is changing as New York and other states throughout the country are transitioning to more advanced renewable energy goals. One major organization wants to further advance these developments to extend wind and solar infrastructure for future projects.

The U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) wants to extend the benefits of wind turbines and solar panels by reusing the parts for new renewable energy projects.

“The reuse of energy materials needs to be part of their design,” he says. That would be an important step towards a circular economy, a world where waste is eliminated and materials are used again and again.

Since its founding in the 1970s, NREL has spearheaded work on the adoption of solar power, micro-grids, perovskites, biomass and other green technologies worldwide. Indeed, it was NREL’s composite materials research that helped drive the growth of the giant turbine blades now discarded in fields.

“Why not use new materials so that you could bring old wind blades back and recycle them?” Keller asks.

Read more about NREL’s plans to revolutionize renewable energy infrastructure at the link below:

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN: Breathing new life into renewable energy